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Arrest of Bishop Samuel Musabyimana

Posted on: April 27, 2001 6:58 PM
Related Categories: Kenya

Yesterday Thursday 26th April 2001 at about noon Bishop Samuel Musabyimana was arrested at his house in Nairobi by unknown people. He was taken into his office which was broken into and various items taken including his mobile telephone. He was driven towards Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by two vehicles registration numbers KAM 867G and KXD 109.

His Lawyers Ajwang' Agina & Associates were present during his arrest and the arresting people refused to identify themselves or show any document of authority to arrest or even explain the reasons why the Bishop was arrested.

Archbishop David Gitari of the Anglican Church of Kenya after learning about his arrest wrote to the Commissioner of Police to find out why he was arrested but no response has been received from the police.

Bishop Samuel Musabyimana is a citizen of Rwanda. He came to Kenya during the 1994 genocide and has been living in Nairobi since that time with full knowledge of Kenyan Government. We are deeply concerned that he might have been smuggled out of the country.

The Most Revd Dr M Gitari
Archbishop of Kenya & Bishop of Nairobi