'Karegeya's murder was ordered by Kagame'

A former Rwandan army chief says it's the Rwandan government's policy to kill Kagame's opponents.

Former Rwandan external intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya was found strangled at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton on New Year's Day. Picture: Michelangelo Towers.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Rwandan army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa has no doubt that Rwandan President Paul Kagame ordered the assassination of former external intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya.

Karegeya was found strangled at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton late on Wednesday afternoon.

He had checked into his hotel room on 29 December.

Karegeya fled to South Africa seven years ago and was granted political asylum after Kagame sacked him from his post.

Nyamwasa, who was also granted political asylum in South Africa, has himself survived two assassination attempts in Johannesburg.

He blames the attempted hits on Kagame.

Nyamwasa told Radio France Internationale that it's the policy of the Rwandan government to kill Kagame's opponents.

He said Karegeya had accused Kagame of organising the attack against former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994.

Habyarimana was flying in to the capital Kigali with his Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira when a missile brought the plane down, killing all on board.

The assassination triggered the Rwandan genocide.

Nyamwasa said Karegeya had even expressed willingness to cooperate with the French court investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, the Star newspaper is this morning reporting on claims by a Rwandan expat that Karegeya was killed by a Rwandan businessman only known as 'Apollo'.

The expat claims 'Apollo' works for Rwandan intelligence.


The Hawks say they are making progress in their investigation into Karegeya's death.

Hawks spokersperson Paul Ramaloko says they are considering all the evidence.

"We are confident we are taking steps in the right direction. We don't want to jump to conclusions at the moment, but our investigation will speak for itself as it unfolds."

Forensic experts are examining two items found in the hotel safe, a rope and towel.

Karegeya leaves behind his wife Leah and three children.