Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa, saved Paul Kagame’s life twice

Kayumba Nyamwasa and Paul Kagame

Kayumba Nyamwasa and Paul Kagame


When I left Rwanda, my intention was to reunite my family, start a new life. Forget politics, the military and diplomacy –areas where I had previously served. I thought I would go into academics, consultancy or something different and actually take a lasting holiday from President Kagame with whom I had served for the last 16 years. Unfortunately, this was not to be. My name is always in the media for all wrong reasons.
After my departure, President Kagame addressed a press conference where he labelled Patrick Karegeya and I as terrorists; while passing out cadets officers in Gako, he called us thieves; in Parliament he called us flies whom he will crush with a hammer; with Jeune Afrique he called me a traitor and with Monitor he called us reckless unaccountable officers.

For the record
For purposes of clarity and for the sake of our families, friends, countrymen and all those who read your publication, I am forced to respond to put the record straight. In my presentation, I may make comparisons and analogies but they are by no means intended to offend. Otherwise silence may mean consent.

President Kagame is not honest when he alleges that we ran away from accountability. [Our] disagreements [are] centred on governance, tolerance, insensitivity, intrigue and betrayal of our colleagues.

Furthermore, it is my considered opinion and strong convictions that we struggled for a country where there would be freedom of speech and association. On the contrary, towards the end of the last century, these ideals started shifting and the focus was no longer the country and Party but President Kagame.

This phenomenon was nurtured and promoted by opportunists and sycophants. I despised the trend of events and the category of people involved. The meeting prior to my departure was despicable and I held a number of people involved in contempt having transformed the RPF into a party where its main pre-occupation is furthering intrigue and hatred.

President Kagame should have told you that in 2003, together with another colleague, we asked to leave the Army and Government because we felt we did not fit in the scheme of things. He objected and expressed fear that if we left – we would cause trouble outside. I kept soldiering on hoping that there would be some sense of reason and may be things may change somehow. In retrospect, maybe I was naive or trusted too much or continued in self-denial like some of my friends are today.

Accountability for all
President Kagame accuses us of escaping from accountability. We believe accountability is paramount but what we do not agree with is that an unaccountable person should victimise his perceived opponents in the name of accountability. If accountability is going to be used as a political weapon to frame perceived opponents, then it ceases to be meaningful or useful.

Accountability should begin from the top, beginning with the President before he demands accountability from his subordinates. In Rwanda, the Head of State is the most unaccountable person and has no moral authority to demand accountability from anybody. In Rwanda, President Kagame is the institutions.

I would wish to illustrate my point as follows: Firstly since President Kagame likes to talk about accountability to institutions, I would expect him to have appeared before Parliament to account for owning two XR Executive Jets which he hires to himself and makes at least two trips to America a month to receive fictitious honours, doctorates for himself and his wife or visiting his children.

Costly trips
The minimum cost for each trip is close to $1 million. The two aircraft were bought by government money and registered in the names of a pseudo company. He should appear before the Ombudsman together with his adviser and an embassy official to explain where they got $100 million to buy the two executive aircrafts. The minister of finance should tell Parliament why government should service privately-owned aircraft. Does this reflect zero tolerance of corruption which the President constantly enforces? [The Rwandan government says it leases the jets from a private company in which private Rwandan nationals own a stake – Editor]. Secondly President Kagame should explain to Parliament who is the owner of the embassy building in London and his connection with the company in whose names the embassy building is registered.

Gallery politics
Thirdly he should explain to the party and to the people of Rwanda why he heads a party without a treasurer and how much money RPF has since it owns all the biggest companies in the country and contributions of party members.

Fourthly, why was Arab Contractors simultaneously constructing his private residence in Muhazi together with the Ministry of Defence using government facilities? Minister Bikoro had to account for one container of tiles, how much money did President Kagame pay to Rwanda Revenue Authority for construction materials for his own houses?

President Kagame’s accountability demands are a farce, demagogue and playing to the gallery. Of course acting tough and ‘spitting fire’ insulates him from the inquisitive eye. However, everyone knows it is meant to intimidate, dupe the international community and create impressions for donors. To sustain all this, he employs intrigue, treachery, manipulation and betrayal. This was my point of departure.

As far as I am concerned, I always made sure that my property declaration forms were submitted to the Ombudsman on time and fortunately I have all the receipts to that effect. I have never appeared on the list of government officials suspended for lack of accountability. President Kagame would have been too happy to have me arrested if there was any irregularity in my declarations.

Turning point
President Kagame is on record commending me as an exemplary officer when I was Army Chief of Staff and served for uninterrupted five years as ambassador in India. At what stage did I become an unaccountable officer and terrorist? How can he turn around to ask for accountability after 10 years? Col. Karegeya served as intelligence chief for an uninterrupted 10 years. President Kagame called him nothing, useless and now terrorist! At what stage did President Kagame learn that Col. Karegeya was useless and nothing after all those years? The people of Rwanda are used to this mudslinging. Last month he appointed Commander of the Reserve Force and arrested him for abuse of office after one week. When did investigations take place? Another general is arrested for committing immoral acts – who is the complainant?

History at glance
During President Kayibanda’s regime [1962 – 1973], political dissenters were labelled ideological traitors. Later, President Habyarimana [1973 – 1994] would say that those escaping to exile were afraid of peace and tranquillity. In the 1980s President Habyarimana would remind Rwandans and the international community that his government was registering the highest GDP in the region, an island of peace and no one should talk about the democratic deficit that existed.

These days President Kagame accuses his perceived opponents of genocide ideology or terrorism and corruption. Everyone is expected to sing that Kigali is clean and we have developed. Do we develop without consciousness? I am afraid Rwanda has not changed a bit in terms of leadership.

President Kagame has personalised the Gen. Kayumba/Col. Karegeya issue. This is out of a guilty conscience. If people who participated in the struggle from day one and served at the highest level of the Army and Security are not colleagues in the Rwandan context, who is? President Kagame questions if he is running a dictatorship why was I not arrested straight away.

Ugandan context
Since he said this in the Monitor largely for the Ugandan readership, let me remind you that before Ben Kiwanuka died [in 1972], he had met Amin and so did Bishop Luwum. Since Amin met these two and others before killing them does it make him a democrat? Does Kagame imply that those who run away from Amin in 1978 had no justification and should have stayed? Furthermore, he alleges that the people who run away from 1995 and 1996 were maybe running away from me. Does he imply that he was not in charge at that time? Now that I have gone, let us see if there will be an exodus of returnees from exile. Kagame talks like someone who is wronged and aggrieved.

Tale of two families
How does he justify the incarceration of my wife and children in New Delhi, evicting them out of the embassy residence and dispossessing them of passports containing the multiple entry visas? To which institution did they have to account? If he had problems with me, what about my family?

While he was doing that to my family he was preparing a very expensive journey to West Point [military academy in New York] to see his son funded by a government we both worked to put in power. The irony is that in Rwanda there is only one family!

I saved President Kagame’s life twice during the struggle when everyone else had abandoned him in Nkana and Kanyantanga. Where were all those who are telling him that I am a traitor? History will tell who betrayed who. Those who served with us know the truth including those who opportunistically vilify me most.

Why choose exile
President Kagame said he does not understand and cannot put his finger on the reasons why people run to exile. Surely the President must be having a very short memory; his entire family spent more than 30 years in exile. Does he insinuate that his parents were adventurers when they left Rwanda and somehow they gained their senses after 1994?

The answer is simple. In a democracy, people resort to courts of law for conflict resolution and in a dictatorship, people run for their dear lives. If a leader does not know why his/her citizens are running away then he is incapable of governing.”

President Kagame has personalised the Gen. Kayumba/Col. Karegeya issue. This is out of a guilty conscience. If people who participated in the struggle from day one and served at the highest level of the Army and Security are not colleagues in the Rwandan context, who is? President Kagame questions if he is running a dictatorship why was I not arrested straight away.

Ugandan context
Since he said this in the Monitor largely for the Ugandan readership, let me remind you that before Ben Kiwanuka died [in 1972], he had met Amin and so did Bishop Luwum. Since Amin met these two and others before killing them does it make him a democrat? Does Kagame imply that those who run away from Amin in 1978 had no justification and should have stayed? Furthermore, he alleges that the people who run away from 1995 and 1996 were maybe running away from me. Does he imply that he was not in charge at that time? Now that I have gone, let us see if there will be an exodus of returnees from exile. Kagame talks like someone who is wronged and aggrieved.

Tale of two families
How does he justify the incarceration of my wife and children in New Delhi, evicting them out of the embassy residence and dispossessing them of passports containing the multiple entry visas? To which institution did they have to account? If he had problems with me, what about my family?

While he was doing that to my family he was preparing a very expensive journey to West Point [military academy in New York] to see his son funded by a government we both worked to put in power. The irony is that in Rwanda there is only one family!

I saved President Kagame’s life twice during the struggle when everyone else had abandoned him in Nkana and Kanyantanga. Where were all those who are telling him that I am a traitor? History will tell who betrayed who. Those who served with us know the truth including those who opportunistically vilify me most.

Why choose exile
President Kagame said he does not understand and cannot put his finger on the reasons why people run to exile. Surely the President must be having a very short memory; his entire family spent more than 30 years in exile. Does he insinuate that his parents were adventurers when they left Rwanda and somehow they gained their senses after 1994?

The answer is simple. In a democracy, people resort to courts of law for conflict resolution and in a dictatorship, people run for their dear lives. If a leader does not know why his/her citizens are running away then he is incapable of governing.”

source:monitor

15 thoughts on “Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa, saved Paul Kagame’s life twice

  1. Kagame apart from being a stinking dictator, is an hypocrite of his own type. He has no difference from Yoweri Museveni who cloned him that rules and plunders Uganda by ganging up with his family and friends.
    The good thing Rwandans can do for Kagame is kill him. No more or viable solution than this take my words.

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  2. Thanks for your coments kagame should be brought to answer all his crimes he has committed agaist humanity.

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  3. The whole world must and stop Kagame, he is holding all Rwandse as hostages. Its therefore not only a duty of Kayumba to deal with him. All peace loving people let show kagame the door and save Rwanda another tragedy!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Gen. Kayumba and Col. Karegeya, can you with clear conscience shed light on the death of Gen. Fred Ruguiyema? Wa there foul play?
    Truth lasts longest!

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  5. Senior presidential aide on Security, Brig. General Jean Bosco Kazura has been arrested for insubordination, the Defense Ministry announced Thursday evening, in a stint that reportedly started from South Africa.

    Around 1800 Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) members were forcefully demobilized recently, a few weeks after the independent newspaper Umuseso reported a failed coup to oust Maj. Gen. Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s President since the resignation and subsequent arrest and detention of first post-genocide President of the Republic Pasteur Bizimungu, in 2000 and 2002 respectively.

    Among them, 80 officers and non-commissioned officers were booted out of the army in a demobilization exercise that independent observers qualified as politically motivated.

    A group of RDF senior officers including Maj. Gen. Kayizari Ceaser, Brig. Frank Rusagara and Brig. Eric Murokore were forcefully demobilized while others like Brig. Jean-Bosco Kazura, former Special Presidential Advisor on Security and Defence and Col. Tom Byabagamba, the once mighty Commanding Officer of the Presidential Protection Unit, were relieved of their duties, in what observers describe as the result of cold but tough infightings within the army, Kagame regime’s centre of power.

    Persistent rumours in Kigali City and on Rwandan Internet based discussion groups add that Brig. Frank Rusagara, former Commandant of Rwandan Military Academy, located in the premises of the former National University of Rwanda campus of Nyakinama, now in Musanze District, former Ruhengeri Prefecture, has fled the central African tiny country amidst RPF controlled media’s public relations campaigns presenting Rwanda as a stable state.

    Last December, Col. Mulisa and Col. Kamili Karege were arrested and accused of coup attempt against Paul Kagame’s government in a closed doors Supreme Court deliberation, a charge they denied according to Umuseso. The duo is detained in undisclosed detention facilities and don’t receive any visits neither from relatives nor from national or international Human Rights activists, according to well informed sources in the Army.

    If confirmed, Brig. Frank Rusagara’s flight would be a grave manifestation of increasing tensions within the RPF centre of power where three groups of courtesans, one closed to Gen. James Kabarebe, RDF Chief of Defence Force and former Kagame’s aide de camp, cronies closed to Col. Emmanuel Ndahiro, the Chief of National Security Service and former Kagame’s personal doctor and those closed to James Musoni, current Minister of Finance and most influent civilian cadre in RPF government who is also in charge of Rwandese Patriotic Front finance commission.

    Observers notice that a wave of dissent whithin the RDF occurred since Kagame engaged himself in rat-cat dirty and bloody game in Eastern DR Congo where he used and abused Congolese Tutsis in a proxy-war led by renegade FARDC officer Laurent Nkunda in the name of protecting his fellow ethnic brothers and sister’s against what he once called a new genocide before sending his troops directly with the consent of DR Congo’s President Joseph Kabila.

    While in Kinshasa, the consequences of the so-called joint-operations were discussed in the media, in Kigali where freedom of the press doesn’t exist, the manifestations of discontent are silent but more intense not within the civil society but within the military, a state of things that shows that Rwanda is rather under military rule since July 1994.

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  6. Kagame’s Body Guard Escapes

    Tuesday, 15 June 2010
    A member of Rwanda’s elite Presidential Republican Guard (PPG) survived death in what could be compared to a Hollywood Movie.

    President Paul Kagame’s bodyguard, Innocent Kalisa who is used to travelling in a First Class if not on a presidential jet, for the first time was sealed in a vegetable container onto a plane and ferried to a safer country after escaping from a Safe House [illegal Torture Chamber] in Kigali, capital of Rwanda.

    “I really don’t know how I got here, I must have been the luckiest person because the two days I spent in a Safe House, 20 people, which is an average of 10 per day were executed,” the former Republic Guard member, Kalisa [army No. AP98709] who had served in the unit since 2001 narrated to this reporter.

    Like many Army Officers in Kigali who are in great nervousness after President Kagame’s recent accusations against his former allies to be behind and of their involvement in subversion activities against his country.

    Barely months to the country’s presidential elections, has Kigali remained hostile to both the opposition and members of the armed forces who have previously had any slight knowledge about the renegade generals who fled the country into exile since last year. With handcuffs still on Kalisa’s hand and leg, wearing a skin of fear on his face including the fresh wounds allegedly inflicted to him by his tormentors in a safe house at Kabeza a Kigali suburb. “There were blood stains on the carpet; I knew that any time I was going to be killed,” says Kagame’s former close bodyguard. Kalisa adds: “The next night in the safe house, one army Maj. came into one of the rooms and questioned me, he promised me the worst the following day, if I don’t tell him the truth.”

    “When he left that is when I started planning how I can get-out of the hell. Using the knowledge I got from various course I managed to escape,” Pte Kalisa narrates his nightmare to this reporter.

    According to Pte Kalisa, the only clue to his suffering, he says: “They started suspecting me when I was demobilized and visited my brother in Uganda where I was planning to get back for further studies.”

    “My brother who was in the army and served in the same unit before me, advised me to go further studies like him,” says Pte Kalisa, adding that: “Apart from visiting Uganda, I have no knowledge about those people [Lt. Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa and Col. Patrick Karegyeya], it is just because the president no longer trust anybody.”

    “At the moment, he [president] may not even trust his own shadow,” says the former bodyguard.

    Pte. Kalisa says his only problem is that he couldn’t give information about the renegade army generals who recently fled the country to exile. Former Chief of Staff and Ambassador to India, Lt. Gen. Kayumba fled the country in February and joined the former Rwanda’s Chief Spy, Col. Patrick Karegyeya who fled in 2007. Others who fled the country, include: Theoneste Mushindashaka, Senator Stanley Safari, Lt. Col. Sam Baguma, Capt. Eliphaz Ndikuyezu, Capt. Claude Bizimungu, Capt. John Wuwintari, Capt. John-Bosco Muhizi, Capt. Theobal Gakumba, Capt. John Ontabuka and Jean Pierre Kagubare, all fled the country to seek refuge in exile.

    Having served as a close bodyguard and his vast knowledge, Kalisa’s fear could be seen wearing his face as he says he doesn’t know why he’s been tortured and linked to the people he has no contact. Kalisa wonders: “I started serving as bodyguard in 2001, I held responsibilities like close bodyguard for the family; ie the president, the First Lady and the children especially at school.

    “I had never harboured any bad motive against them. But why now?” asks Kalisa, adding that: “I have in the past travelled with the President to African States like Tanzania, Mwanza, Zambia-Lusaka, South Africa Durban why me at this time?

    “Kalisa? If he is the Kalisa, I know, he was working with us but he escaped from prison,” without giving reason why in the first place, Pte Kalisa was arrested, Colonel Tom Byabagamba who is the overall commander of President Kagame’s Republican Guard, told this reporter in an exclusive telephone interview. Sounding familiar with the whole issue and giving no reasons why Kalisa was arrested, Col. Byabagamba added: “That guy is on a wanted list of our police, you can contact the Police spokesperson, and they are conversant with his case.” Col. Byabagamba neither did he mention or single out a single charge levelled against his former subordinate.

    However, the Rwanda’s Republican Guard commander, Col. Byabagamba referred this reporter to the country’s Police Spokesman, Eric Kayiranga who said: “Right now I’m in a stadium, I’m following the defense processions, I can’t give the details.”

    “Yes, he is a wanted person,” said the Police spokesman Mr Kayiranga when pressed if he was aware of Pte Kalisa’s criminal alleged charges. Without giving the details of charges against Kalisa, the police spokesman claimed: “Even through our newspapers he has been mentioned as a criminal, he should be arrested and brought to face justice.”

    “I’m not able to give the details, but there is a file in the criminal justice through the Interpol [International Police], he should appear before the court,” Mr Kayiranga told this reporter in a telephone interview, adding that: “I’m not in the office to tell you the case details. The country’s Police spokesman, who said that the man is a wanted person with already a file in the criminal justice through the Interpol, also couldn’t mention the nature of the charge saying that: “By the time you get back to me, I would have gathered all the information about him and I will provide you with the detailed information.”

    President Kagame who has been praised overseas for social and economic progress, has embarked on clamping down on the opposition politicians and the media ahead of the August Presidential elections. Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza is under house arrest in Kigali, after the court confiscated her passport and denied any movement outside the country. Even an American Attorney, Peter Erlinder who had come to represent Mrs Ingabire was arrested and remained in detention on alleged crimes of ‘Genocide Denial’.

    For what reason would Rwandan security agents arrested Kalisa when he had been demobilized on 28 January 2010, according to the demobilization certificate, remains a mystery.

    Contary to information given about Pte Kalisa, this reporter has independently obtained a demobilisation certificate from the defense ministry which suggests that he was relieved of duties on in January this year.

    According to a certificate baring the signature of the country’s Minister of Defense, General Marcel Gatsinzi, and written in Kinyarwanda, it reads: “Ministeri y’ingabo irashimira No. AP98709 Pte Kalisa Innocent akazi yakoreye igihugu mugihe yari akiri umusirikare akaba asezerewe kamugaragaro le 28th January 2010. (The Ministry of Defense would like to thank, No. AP98709 Pte [Private] Kalisa Innocent for serving his country whilst was a soldier. He has officially been relieved of his duties on 28th January, 2010.

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  7. Gen. Kayumba, i wish you all the best in exile, keep strong and remember that if dictators cant be fought and thrown out their regimes find a way of eating themselves up and eventually cramble like a park of cards. Keep the faith dear

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  8. Karegeya says ‘dictators’ don’t step down, they are ‘brought down’

    Karegeya
    Jailed twice over alleged indiscipline, desertion and insubordination, PATRICK KAREGEYA was stripped of his rank of Colonel. The former Rwandan intelligence chief later fled to exile in 2007. He spoke to ROBERT MUKOMBOZI late last month about his fallout with President Kagame, escape, and life in South Africa.

    Before delving into Rwandan issues, could you explain your role in the NRA rebellion?

    I was born in Mbarara, Uganda, to a refugee family. I can’t remember how many primary schools I went through in Uganda. I finally earned my Bachelor of Law degree at Makerere University. It was a period of political upheaval; so, after university I started recruiting youth for NRA, but I was later arrested in June 1982 and charged with treason. I spent three years in Luzira Prison. Later, I managed to join [President] Museveni in Luweero until we finally liberated Uganda.

    You were in the NRA, so how did you start planning the Rwanda liberation struggle?

    It is true at the time of planning the Rwanda liberation struggle, I was an active officer in the NRA [now Uganda People’s Defence Forces]. Meetings were held at my private residence in Muyenga, Kampala. President Paul Kagame and the late Fred Rwigyema were part of those meetings, including others who are now senior leaders and army officers in the Rwandan government. At that time I was a lieutenant in military intelligence (serving as an assistant Director-Counter Intelligence in the Directorate of Military Intelligence). I was co-ordinating intelligence over a very wide area before any decision to invade Rwanda could be made. My spy network was widespread across Africa and overseas. My colleague (Paul Kagame) went to the United States for further studies and he was later informed that we had already invaded Rwanda. Museveni was very instrumental in the planning and subsequent invasion of Rwanda. He supported us and did not hamper any of our missions and agenda; he only asked for our cooperation and we were very cooperative.

    What was most challenging in your career as a spy chief, especially in the struggle to liberate Rwanda?

    Coordinating intelligence during war is very intricate, particularly in a scenario where you are dealing with insurgents, the perpetrators of genocide.
    The government did not have structures and that means it didn’t have an intelligence structure as well. We went ahead and coordinated the return of thousands of Rwandans who had been displaced by the 1994 genocide but among them were ex-FAR and Interahamwe. The massive infiltration caught us off guard. It was very challenging but we built an intelligence structure which was very formidable and successful.

    You said Museveni was very supportive but you were instrumental in killing his soldiers during the DR Congo (Kisangani) clashes between the RPA and UPDF between 1998 and 2003.

    It is true I co-ordinated intelligence during that war but the DR Congo issues are very complicated. Fighting the enemy you know (the UPDF) was especially very challenging but inevitable because we had both deployed.

    Now [President] Kagame says he will track you down for masterminding terrorist attacks in Kigali. What do you have to say about that?

    I am actually disappointed in him. First of all, terrorism is just a political tool used by all dictators to deal with their opponents due to the weight the international community has attached to this charge. That is just blackmail.
    He [Kagame] has created a lot of divisions in the army. There were wild allegations that I had problems with the Chief of General Staff [Gen. James Kabareebe] but he [Kagame] was actually the man behind all these fabricated charges of insubordination and desertion.
    I remember when he [Kagame] was being called and asked where I should be jailed. Even the army wasn’t sure about which charges they should prefer against me and where I should be jailed. For all the jail terms I served in Rwanda, the army, under orders of the commander-in-chief, detained me in solitary confinement, not allowing any family member or friend to visit me, which is extreme psychological torture going by the international human rights conventions. All the orders were coming direct from Kagame.
    All these are political tools that Kagame uses to silence his opponents. I have actually stopped responding to Kagame’s accusations because it is a waste of time.
    We fought for the liberation of Rwanda so that Rwandans can enjoy peace and be delivered from dictatorship but we have not seen that. A dictator can never step down, they are brought down. It’s only Rwandans who can stand up now and fight for their freedom. Kagame will have his breaking point and I think it will be very soon.
    There is no one who will come to save Rwandans from the dictatorship of Kagame and there is no time to fold hands. They should stand up to him and say look; we are tired, you have to go. Obviously some will lose their lives in the process but those who will die will have lost life for a worthy cause, and I am prepared to support Rwandans who want to fight the dictatorship of Paul Kagame.

    How do you explain the mysterious death of Col. Rezinde in 1996 and former Internal Security Minister Seth Sendashonga on May 16, 1998, both of whom were assassinated under your watch as the Director, External Intelligence?

    It is not only Col. Rezinde and Sendashonga who died mysteriously around that time. Many people, especially politicians, died under mysterious circumstances. I can’t say I don’t have information regarding those cases, but Kagame was the boss so he is in a better position to explain those assassinations and mysterious disappearances of people. Families of people who lost their relatives and friends in mysterious circumstances have the right to seek answers from Kagame and if they want they can go ahead and institute a legal measure because they have the right to know what happened. When time comes for me to present my version of information, I am prepared to do that.

    Rwanda’s Prosecutor General has written to the South African government saying security and judicial organs are in possession of evidence implicating you and Lt. Gen. Nyamwasa in acts of terrorism and grenade attacks. Are you prepared for extradition?

    All those are fabricated and baseless charges. They are saying we bombed Kigali but we both know this is not true, but let me remind the Rwandan government that they have no extradition treaty with South Africa. I and my colleague (Gen. Nyamwasa) are in South Africa legally. We are both lawyers and we have secured political asylum, and we are well aware that no amount of political pressure can change this fact. In fact, we have waited for the Rwandan government to take legal action but we haven’t heard anything from them. We will not even need anyone to represent us in courts of law on this matter because it is a simple case that is politically motivated. We will meet in court. There is no evidence whatsoever that links us to the bombing in Kigali.

    Are you safe in South Africa after the recent attempt on Gen. Nyamwasa’s life?

    We have political asylum in South Africa and we will remain here. Proximity is very important. If Kagame had remained in the United States [During the 1990-94 liberation struggle and after], he would not be the Rwanda president today.

    You sneaked out of the country dramatically in November 2007, how did you beat the security?

    The way I managed to slip out of the hands of Rwanda’s security apparatus is still my secret. Besides, if I reveal those details I may be blocking the way for others who want to escape from Kagame’s oppressive regime. I know of so many people in Rwanda who would want to use the same route but their day hasn’t come yet and I do not want to be their obstruction.

    By Robert Mukombozi
    Observer media

    PROFILE: Patrick Karegeya

    1960 – Born to late John Kanimba and Jane Kenshoro, a refugee Rwandan family in Mbarara district.

    1982 – Graduated with a Law degree from Makerere University.

    1990 – Served in the Directorate of Military Intelligence in Uganda and later became the coordinator of intelligence services for rebel RPA.

    1994 – 2004 – Director General, External Intelligence in the RPA/Rwanda Defence Forces.

    2004 – Serving as Rwanda Defence Forces spokesman, he was arrested and detained for “indiscipline” .

    2006 – Stripped of his military rank of Colonel on July 13, 2006 by the military tribunal.
    2007- Flees to exile.

    . Married to Leah and they have a daughter and two sons

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