The leader of a Burundian opposition party was arrested at his home in the East African nation’s capital, Bujumbura, his cousin said.
Hugo Haramategeko, head of the Nadebu party, was taken Wednesday from the city’s Mutakura district, Egide Ndikuriyo, who witnessed the arrest, said in an interview. He’s now being held at a prison in Cibitoke, northern Bujumbura, he said. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye didn’t answer calls seeking comment.
Burundi has been rocked by violence that’s killed more than 440 people since April when President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to stand for a third term, a move his opponents said was unconstitutional. The landlocked nation is home to 6 percent of the world’s nickel reserves.