Rwanda spy murder arrests confirmed

Patrick Karegeya was found dead in a room at the Michelangelo Towers on New Year’s Day.

The Michelangelo Towers in Sandton, where former Rwandan spymaster Patrick Karegeya was found dead on 1 January 2014. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Officials have confirmed the arrest of four Rwandans, including a senior military official, in Mozambique in connection with the murder of former Rwandan spymaster Colonel Patrick Karegeya.

Karegeya was found dead in his room at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton on New Year's Day.

A blood-stained towel and curtain cord were found in a safe in his hotel room.

Police say the suspects were taken into custody a week ago after Mozambique officials reportedly acted on a tip-off from their South African counterparts.

Mozambique police have given no details as to where the four suspects were detained.

It's believed one of them is a senior official in the Rwandan armed forces.

Authorities say the four alleged killers await extradition to South Africa.

In an apparent reference to the murder, Rwandan President Paul Kagame this week warned that treason brings consequences.

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

Kagame stopped short of officially accepting responsibility for ordering the murder but said, if someone feels no shame in destroying what Rwandans have built over a period of time, he won't feel shy in protecting it.

He says Rwandans are not bothered when someone like Karegeya dies.

The opposition Rwanda National Congress insists Karegeya was murdered by Kagame's agents.

Former Rwandan army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa echoed the claim, saying it's the policy of Rwanda's government to kill Kagame's opponents.

Nyamwasa, who's also living in exile in South Africa, has survived two assassination attempts himself.

South Africa's government on Thursday broke its silence on Karegeya's murder, saying no stone would be left unturned in bringing his killers to justice.