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Politician Missing in Rwanda... AgainJennifer Fierberg, MSW Salem-News.com
Where is Oustazi Omar Leo?
(WASHINGTON DC) - The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has announced the mysterious disappearance of their Communication Secretary Oustazi Omar Leo. In a statement on his Facebook page Frank Habineza, President of the Democratic Green Party, made the following statement:
In a post made Monday January 28, 2012 Mr. Habineza made the following statement:
In a response to the missing person report made by Mr. Habineza the Rwanda police spokesperson Superintendent Theos Badege made the following statement (translated from Kinyarwanda):
On Tuesday January 15, 2012 a person close to Mr. Oustazi contacted another opposition group to inform them that Mr. Oustazi had gone missing but did not want to be named due to their security concerns.
His phone has been operating off and on during this time of disappearance and his Facebook page has been active on occasion as well but those who know him say that it is not him posting and interacting on Facebook due to the style of interaction that is not typical of Mr. Oustazi.
The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda has faced its share of struggles and tragedies in order to become a registered party in Rwanda. During the 2010 Presidential Elections the group was not allowed to register their party and their Vice President Andre Kagwa Rwisereka was found beheaded which the local police called a “robbery” but no official investigation was ever conducted and no conclusive evidence found to support this statement. During the 2010 election period many opposition politicians were banned from registering their parties and many more journalists fled the country in fear of their lives for reporting about political matters unflattering to the current ruling party and their president Paul Kagame. One journalist was shot and killed in front of his house.
Frank Habineza announced his return to Rwanda in the fall of 2011 in order to run for parliament for the following election season but he has been unable to register his party again and meetings as well as visiting diplomats have been denied their requests.
There has been no official press release from the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda about the disappearance of Mr. Oustazi.
Jennifer Fierberg is a social worker in the US working on peace and justice issues in Africa with an emphasis on the crisis in Rwanda and throughout the central region of Africa. Her articles have been published on many humanitarian sites that are also focused on changing the world through social, political and personal action.
Jennifer has extensive background working with victims of trauma and domestic violence, justice matters as well as individual and family therapy. Passionate and focused on bringing the many humanitarian issues that plague the African Continent to the awareness of the developed world in order to incite change. She is a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer was also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village. You can write to Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jennifer comes to www.Salem-News.com with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa.
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