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Rwanda police chasing PS Imberakuri members: five already arrested

Kigali – Five members of the opposition party PS Imberakuri are in police custody and others are on the run on charges of “disobeying police directives,” the Police said.

Police says the eight are wanted on three counts including causing public disorder by breaking into a house over which they did not have authority. Among those arrested is faction spokesman Sylvere Mwizerwa.

On Wednesday late afternoon, several members of the Bernard Ntaganda faction of Parti Social Imberakuri went to Nyamirambo – a suburb of Kigali, to apparently make repairs to a house they had been renting. Ntaganda is in jail awaiting trial on several cases.

However, as they tried to fix doors and other furniture, about a dozen police officers arrived purportedly after being informed by the owner of the house who claimed people were vandalizing his property.

When they tried to resist police arrest by locking themselves in the house, police used an unnamed gas to force them out, according to witnesses.

Police Spokesman Eric Kayiranga said in several media interviews that by the suspects refusing to cooperate with a lawful authority, they would be charged with disobeying police directives. The other two charges include vandalism.

According to Police, the rent agreement for the house between Bernard Ntaganda and the owner had expired April 01. “Since that time he has not been paid any rent,” said Kayiranga.

He said instead of the suspects freely handing over to Police to explain the situation, they preferred to hide in the house and others fled. “We will find them wherever they will be,” Kayiranga said.

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