The Rwanda National Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is investigating an alleged raid of Transparency International-Rwanda offices in a suspected attempt at the life of Marie Immacule Ingabire, its chairperson.
Ingabire was not at office during the alleged attack last week, but the unidentified armed person allegedly assaulted a female security guard who was on duty.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner of Police Damas Gatare said Ingabire filed a case later that day on the alleged attack.
“Ingabire reported the alleged attack case to CID that day saying an unidentified man armed with a pistol, at about 11am, went to her offices and assaulted a security guard after she reportedly refused to give him contacts of Ingabire, who was apparently out of office,” ACP Gatare said.
“CID is investigating the case to know if this incident actually happened, who that person was and what his intentions were. People shouldn’t speculate or spread baseless rumours and there is nothing alarming,” ACP Gatare added in a statement.
Ingabire also confirmed that Police has started investigating the matter, including rumours that had circulated on social media that she had beed killed in Gisenyi, Rubavu District.
She also dismissed reports that she was attacked personally in her office.
“What is being said or reported that I was physically attacked or killed for that matter is not true because I wasn’t in office at the time,” Ingabire said.
“Whatever happened stopped at the gate. I haven’t seen or received any threat on my life or Transparency International Rwanda in general,” she added.