Nyamwasa knew about murder plot

Former Rwandan army chief Kayumba Nyamwasa says he was aware of a plot to ‘eliminate’ him.

Former Rwandan army chief Kayumba Nyamwasa in court. Picture: Rahima Essop/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Former Rwandan army chief Kayumba Nyamwasa on Thursday told the court he had warned the head of military intelligence in South Africa about a plot to kill him.

Six people are on trial for their involvement in a plan to murder Nyamwasa outside his Atholl home in northern Johannesburg back in June 2010.

The former army chief, who is living in exile in South Africa, was shot and wounded in the attack.

He neared the end of his testimony when prosecutor Shaun Abrahams asked him if he was aware that his life was in danger prior to the June 19 shooting.

Nyamwasa said he knew that someone was planning to assassinate him and he told the head of military intelligence about it.

He said he overheard a telephone conversation in which the permanent secretary in Rwanda's ministry of defence, Jack Nziza, spoke about ordering a hit.

According to Nyamwasa, Nziza wanted him "eliminated".

Abrahams said a confession letter that was handed in as evidence earlier on in the trial, shows that accused number six, businessman Pascal Kanyandekwe, hired people to carry out the hit.