CNL party urges release of arbitrarily imprisoned members

“The leader of the National Congress for Liberty-CNL feels deep dismay over a wave of arbitrary arrests and imprisonment, threats of death, intimidation and violence of all kinds against our members and supporters across the country,” said Térence Manirambona, CNL Communication Officer in a press conference held on 30 April.

Térence Manirambona, CNL Communication Officer

He indicates that this political intolerance is sharply observed in the provinces of Kirundo, Muyinga, Rumonge, Gitega, Ngozi, Karuzi, Rutana, Bujumbura, Bubanza and Cibitoke.

“CNL members are wrongly accused of holding illegal meetings even if they are two or three on the street or in a family house,” says Manirambona.

He accuses members of the ruling CNDD-FDD youth wing, local authorities and security forces of committing these crimes adding that even members of other political parties of the opposition suffer the same fate.

He says he is concerned about inflammatory remarks made by some administrative and police officials who allegedly have a likely harassment plan for political opponents.
He calls on the government to release all the people who are illegally detained for political motives and false accusations.