Opposition figure held for rape in Rwanda


According to authorities, a Rwandan university instructor and well-known opposition member was arrested on rape charges on Thursday.

According to the Rwanda Investigation Bureau, former Kigali journalism school lecturer Christopher Kayumba is facing claims from many persons, including a former pupil (RIB).

“After a period of investigating him for claims of coercion and sexual misconduct reported by numerous people,” RIB detained Dr. Christopher Kayumba today, according to a statement.
It was also stated that the case had been sent to the prosecution.

Kayumba, 48, publishes “The Chronicles,” an online journal, and founded a political party in March to oppose President Paul Kagame.

Shortly after, rape charges were made against him on social media, which he rejected.

After airport security refused to let him go to Nairobi in December 2019, Kayumba was sentenced to a year in prison for “public disruption.”

He had arrived at the airport late and inebriated, according to authorities, and had threatened to shut it down.

Aimable Karasira, a university professor who has criticized Kagame on YouTube, was charged with “revisionism” in June and is remains in custody.

Karasira alleges Kagame’s ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front party murdered his parents during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which killed 800,000 people.

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