‘He wants us dead’

2010-06-21 07:56

Four people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of

an exiled Rwandan general in Johannesburg over the weekend.

They were expected to face charges of attempted murder in a

Johannesburg court soon, police spokesperson Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo


He declined to give further details of the arrests as he did not

want to jeopardise ongoing investigations.

General Kayumba Nyamwasa, who is accused of terrorism in his

homeland, was hospitalised after he was shot in the stomach in the driveway of

his Melrose Arch home around noon on Saturday.

In a statement from Rwanda yesterday, foreign minister Louise

Mushikiwabo said her government was not involved in the crime and that they

heard of it through the media.

Nyamwasa’s wife, Rosette, when interviewed at a hospital in

Johannesburg on Saturday, said she and her husband were returning from shopping

to their upmarket gated community on Athol Oaklands Drive when a lone gunman

shot at him.

Doctors told her he would make a full recovery. The shooter


Nyamwasa suspected politics was the motive because the gunman did

not try to rob them. She said Rwandan President Paul Kagame had publicly

threatened her family: “He must be behind it. He wants us dead.”

Nyamwasa and Kagame were once allied, but have fallen out,

reportedly because Kagame sees his former military chief as a political


The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Rwandan government

has linked Nyamwasa, who came to South Africa earlier this year, to three

grenade attacks in Rwanda’s capital in February. The attacks in central Kigali

killed one person and injured 30.

The Rwandan government has accused Nyamwasa of trying to

destabilise Rwanda while he was in the country and while he was in India, where

he recently served as Rwanda’s ambassador.

South African police said earlier this year they had not arrested

Nyamwasa because they do not have an extradition treaty with Rwanda.


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