Rope, towel found in ex-spy chief’s room

A preliminary investigation suggests Patrick Karegeya’s neck was swollen.

The Michelangelo Towers in Sandton. Picture: Michelangelo Towers

JOHANNESBURG - Forensic experts are examining two items found in the safe of Rwanda's former external intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya's hotel room, Gauteng police confirmed on Thursday.

This after Karegeya's body was found at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton late on Wednesday afternoon.

He had checked in on 29 December.

Karegeya's colleagues at the Rwandan National Congress, which is the official opposition, claim government agents are behind the "assassination".

Rwandan officials vehemently deny any involvement in the matter.

Police spokesperson Katlego Mogale says investigations are underway.

"Preliminary investigations revealed that his neck was swollen. There was a towel and a rope found in a hotel room safe."

A case of murder was opened at the Sandton police station, Mogale confirmed.

Karegeya fled to South Africa seven years ago after Ugandan President Paul Kagame sacked him from his post.

He was a prominent figure in the opposition party, despite not holding a specific post.

Karegeya leaves behind his wife Leah and three children.

Hotel management refused to comment on the murder.