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Rwanda: Police apologises to detained PS Imberakuri’s Hakizimfura

Kigali – Police detectives on Sunday arrested an opposition politician from the offices of a local FM station, but RNA can reveal that the officers who picked up Pasteur Noel Hakizimfura were acting on the orders of a lone-officer Theogene Karekezi.

Pasteur Hakizimfura was cleared of all charges of links to the failed arson attack on his boss Christine Mukabunane by a court on Friday. However, on Sunday afternoon, about six uniformed and plain-clothed officers rounded him up after he had spoken on Contact FM.

It emerged Monday that Mr. Hakizimfura was immediately released following intervention from Police Headquarters. Sources have told RNA that Mr. Hakizimfura has a personal grudge with Police Inspector Theogene Karekezi who is attached to Gikondo, a Kigali suburb.

The troubles between the two stem from the time of the break up of the PS Imberakuri party in March, say sources. Inspector Karekezi apparently wanted to exert control on the Mukabonane splinter faction of the party, but was rubbished by Mr. Hakizimfura personally.

It has also emerged that on Monday, the angry Mr. Hakizimfura was invited by top police detective Tony Kuramba for a meeting. Chief Superintendent of Police Kuramba reportedly expressed regrets on behalf of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

“Kuramba appologised to [Pasteur Noel Hakizimfura] for the incident saying that the officer had acted without the knowledge of the Police leadership,” the source authorized by Hakizimfura to speak to RNA, said.

Police spokesman Eric Kayiranga said the Force was investigating the incident but declined to give details.


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