Rwanda’s missing opposition
By Guardian Exclusive
02 August 2019 | 10:42 am
Rwanda may be attracting good reviews but being an opposition member has become a dangerous mission. Members of political groups opposed to President Paul Kagame and his ruling party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front continue to face tough times in the East African nation.
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