Hotel Rwanda

2014-01-05 14:00

Politics is a cut-throat business – and for Rwandans who have disagreed with Paul Kagame’s ruling party, it seems to be an increasingly deadly one.

The former head of external military intelligence in Rwanda, Patrick Karegeya, who was found strangled in the swanky Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton, is another victim in an ongoing saga of “off-the-books” operations that originate in Rwanda and seem to spread across the world – and into our hotel rooms.

In 2010, Rwanda’s former chief of staff, General Kayumba Nyamwasa, arrived in South Africa and four months later survived an attempt on his life, and then another.

Subsequent plots to kill him have been thwarted. Death squads and clandestine operations belong in South Africa’s oppressive past or in safely fictionalised movies.

We’d like to impolitely tell would-be homicidal hit men to keep their amoral business behind their own hotel doors in Kigali and, more importantly, leave their compatriots who have sought refuge in South Africa well alone.

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