Report on Rwanda a flight of fancy

2013-08-18 14:00

The so-called “intelligence dossier” that implicates Zwelinzima Vavi in subversive political activities is riddled with ludicrous assertions and inaccuracies.

The report carries a section on the activities of the Rwandan National Congress (RNC), an organisation opposed to the authoritarian rule of Rwandan president Paul Kagame.

The report alleges that the RNC and Vavi are funded by the same organisations, allegedly the National Endowment for Democracy and the World Movement for Democracy.

The dossier alleges that the RNC has a military wing that is being trained by the International Law Enforcement Agency in Botswana. The agency is an international police academy run and funded by the US state department, but the National Endowment for Democracy and the World Movement for Democracy use the agency as a front, says the dossier.

The RNC was formed almost three years ago after a former Rwandan army chief of staff, General Kayumba Nyamwasa, fled to South Africa, where a Kagame death squad allegedly hunted him down and shot him in the stomach. Several Rwandan agents are currently on trial in Joburg for attempting to kill Nyamwasa in June 2010.

» Dossier

One of the covert leaders of the RNC is Rwandan-based Dan Munyuza. He facilitates the entry and exit of RNC cadres.

» Fact

Munyuza is Kagame’s head of external military intelligence and has been implicated in the court case as one of the masterminds behind the shooting of Nyamwasa.

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Another secret leader is Wilson Gumisiriza.

» Fact

Gumisiriza is a brigadier general in Kagame’s army and very close to the president.


One Francois Bangamwabo is the head of the RNC in Namibia and Protais Mpiranya the head in Zimbabwe.

» Fact

The RNC doesn’t have offices in Namibia or Zimbabwe.

» Dossier

Xavier Ngabo is a team leader of the RNC, first on Johannesburg’s East Rand and now in Mozambique.

» Fact

Ngabo lives in Kigali in Rwanda. He used to live in South Africa, but has never been to Mozambique and is a firm supporter of Kagame. A South African television crew filmed him in Kigali in April this year, where he spoke about his support for the government.

» Dossier

The International Law Enforcement Agency has trained at least 85 RNC cadres in Botswana who are awaiting deployment in Rwanda.

» Fact

The agency is a US state department project. The department has close links with Kagame and supports his government. In fact, in June this year, Rwanda sent policemen to the agency in Gaborone for training.

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