Two more arrested for Rwandan ‘hit’

2010-06-21 09:25

Two more people have been arrested for the shooting of an exiled

Rwandan general in Johannesburg over the weekend, bringing the total to


All six suspects were expected to face charges of attempted murder

in a Johannesburg court soon, spokesperson Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo


More arrests were expected as police continue their


Mariemuthoo said: “The investigations reached a sensitive stage and

the SAPS does not want to say or do anything further at this moment that might

jeopardise the ongoing investigations.”

General Faustin 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 him through the window of their car.

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

escaped. 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

had 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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