Saturday, 17 May, 2014

No missing persons, says Police

Following reports of alleged missing persons and forced disappearance of some people, the Rwanda National Police (RNP) has dismissed the allegations as “false” and “unfounded.”

The Human Rights Watch, on Friday alleged that an “increasing number of people have been forcibly disappeared or have been reported missing in Rwanda since March 2014,” putting the number of those missing to 14 so far.

“There are no missing persons and the accusations are false, baseless and have no evidence,” Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police Damas Gatare, said.

“During the recent operations and investigations to arrest suspects alleged of conspiracy against established government and terror activities, some people were apprehended. It took some time to crackdown members of this network but we have over 35 suspects who will be handed over to prosecution in Rubavu and Musanze,” ACP Gatare explained.

ACP Gatare further explained that the operation to apprehend the suspects was conducted in partnership with the general population, local leaders and other security organs.

The arrested of some of the suspects, who include local leaders, followed credible information provided by members of the public.

ACP Gatare assured the public that security organs enforce laws in a “professional manner and therefore no cause for alarm.”

He also appealed to the general population to continue their cooperation with Police by providing timely information, as it is the norm, to further prevent crimes and ensure safety and security in the country.

The recent subversive activities in the Northern Provinces and some parts of the Western prompted the visit of the Minister of Local Government, James Musoni and the Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel K. Gasana, last month, geared at mobilizing area residents and local leaders to give no room for rumours and to strengthen security.

Reacting to the death of one of the suspects, Alfred Nsengimana, who was shot and killed on Friday, ACP Gatare said: “Nsengimana, while taking the field investigations team to a place where he said other guns were hidden, tried to escape and he was shot and killed by a Rwanda Correctional Services guard.”