Patrick Karegeya is Dead

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We’ve just received news from our source, that Former Spy master of Criminal Paul Kagame, Colonel Patrick Karegeya, has been killed in a south African(Johannesburg) Hotel, where he had been attending a meeting with a group of Rwandans. According to the source, Karegeya died from choking. The police has just removed his body for autopsy examination from Michelangelo Towers, an upmarket hotel in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton.

“He was found in the hotel room dead on the bed,” said a statement by police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale. “A towel with blood and a rope were found in the hotel room safe. There is a possibility that he might have been strangled.”

Its believed that someone known to Patrick Karegeya very well and who happened to be a Rwandan, phoned and  invited him for a drink to celebrate 2014, at his hotel. However, another source claims that it was a woman that phoned him.

But its being mentioned by most people that the person he was meeting is known as Apollo Kirisisi Ismael a people’s smuggler and also along time spy for the notorious Rwandan DMI. Being an associate of Patrick Karegeya, he went straight to the hotel Room where they always met. That’s where he was met by a group of men that strangled him to death.

Apollo Kirisisi Ismael
Apollo Kirisisi Ismael

In fact, Patrick Karegeya told his family where he was going , and who he was meeting.  When the family, realised he had taken very long to come back, they decided to call, but the phone kept ringing….and ringing, with no answer. They then decided to start looking for him, when they got to the hotel, they found Patrick Karegeya already dead.

It is of importance to note that Kagame’s former top spy, Col Patrick Karegeya, was also recently in the international news media claiming that President Paul Kagame is responsible for the assassination of Col. Theoneste Lizinde, alongside other dissidents in foreign countries.

Karegeya, who was 53 according to police, leaves a wife, Leah, who is in Johannesburg, and three children. Karegeya exercised great power when he served as intelligence chief of Rwanda for 10 years before he was arrested and jailed for 18 months for insubordination and desertion. He fled the country after he was stripped of his rank in 2006.

he Rwandan opposition speculates that the Rwandan government might have been prompted to get rid of Karegeya now to prevent him testifying about the death of then Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana in April 1994.

Karegeya told Radio France International (RFI) in July that he and Nyamwasa had evidence that Rwandan President Paul Kagame had been behind the shooting down of Habyarimana’s aircraft as it was about to land at Kigali airport.

Habyarimana’s death sparked a genocide by majority ethnic Hutus against minority ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Karegeya and Nyamwasa told RFI they were prepared to hand over their evidence to French judge Marc Trevidic, who is investigating the aircraft crash because the pilot and co-pilot were French.


  1. Patrick Karegeya, Rwanda’s former intelligence chief found dead and believed strangled in a Johannesburg hotel, was a brilliant spy who appears to have fallen foul of the assassination tactics he once reportedly practised on others.

    “He was a person who paid attention to detail. He was articulate and intelligent,” a Ugandanintelligence officer told AFP, asking not to be named for fear of harming Rwanda-Uganda relations.

    “He was on the watch list after fleeing to South Africa” into exile in 2007, the officer added.

    Karegeya, who died aged 53, grew up in southwestern Uganda and studied law at Makerere University.

    He was “a brilliant intelligence officer and very knowledgeable,” said Major James Kazoora, retired Ugandan army officer who served with Karegeya, noting that his “roots were in Uganda”.

    He initially served in Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Army (NRA), before joining the ranks of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, then a rebel group led by Paul Kagame and now Kigali’s ruling party with Mr Kagame the country’s president.

    Slightly plump and fond of casual clothes, Karegeya wore rimless spectacles and came across as an affable, rather than fearsome, spy.

    Karegeya was for a long time very close to Mr Kagame and served as head of Rwanda’s external intelligence for about a decade.

    “He works 24 hours a day,” said a friend when Karegeya was still spy chief. “He might look like he’s relaxing but he’s actually doing his job.” However, he fell out of favour and was demoted to army spokesman. He was later arrested and jailed for “indiscipline” and stripped of his rank of colonel in 2006.

    He fled into exile the following year and became a fierce Kagame critic and prominent member of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), the opposition party in exile.

    “He was a very warm person and he was very comfortable with all sorts of people — he got on with absolutely everyone,” said Theogene Rudasingwa, a senior RNC official.

    He got on with Rwandan civilians and foreign diplomats alike.

    Friends and colleagues remember Karegeya for his supply of jokes, many of them full of sexual innuendo.

    “He was extremely funny,” said Mr Rudasingwa.

    But he was also accused of having had a hand in the assassinations of Rwandan opposition figures who were killed.

    Detractors question his sincerity in criticising the Rwandan authorities, pointing out that he only spoke out against alleged abuses by Kigali once he had fallen from favour.

    The fancy cars his family drove were regularly the talk of Kigali.

    A Western diplomat, struck by the size of the giant television in Karegeya’s living room once remarked: “I’d rather be a public servant in Rwanda than in my country….” But in the months prior to his death he had become increasingly nervous about his security.

    Those close to him said he must have had no reason to mistrust the person he met at the hotel where he died.

    Karegeya had three children, a daughter who lives in Canada and two sons who live with his widow in the US.

  2. KAMPALA- The former Rwandan spymaster found dead in a South African hotel room on Wednesday was “murdered”, police there said yesterday.
    “A case of murder has been opened and investigations are on-going,” police spokesperson Col Katlego Mogale told this newspaper by telephone yesterday. “The motive is unknown…”

    No suspect had been taken into custody and the former head of Rwanda’s external security organisation had not previously notified police of any threats to his life, she said.

    Col Patrick Karegeya was an exiled Rwandan army officer stripped of his rank in 2006 after falling out with president Paul Kagame who accuses him of working with others in the opposition Rwanda National Congress (RNC) to destabilise the country, partly by masterminding grenade attacks in the capital.
    According to police and family, his body, discovered roughly 20 hours after his death, bore marks of strangulation to the mouth and neck — an indication that his assailants possibly overpowered him after protracted physical confrontation.

    Yesterday, RNC coordinator Theogene Rudasingwa, a former Rwandan ambassador who has also since fallen out with the Rwandan government he is accused of seeking to topple, issued a statement saying Karegeya’s death was a political assassination.

    “Colonel Patrick Karegeya was a courageous soldier who died on the battlefield. We are determined more than ever before to carry the torch of struggling for freedom, for which he died. We shall win,” Rudasingwa’s statement read in part.

    Despite repeated efforts, this newspaper was unable to reach both Rwanda government foreign minister and spokesperson, Ms Louise Mushikiwabo, and the country’s ambassador to Uganda, Maj Gen Frank Mugambage, for comments on the allegations made against Kigali by the RNC.

    Detectives found a bloodied towel and rope in the room where Karegeya’s body was found on Wednesday evening. A review of the CCTV footage, according to highly-placed security sources, showed four or more assailants were involved in his elimination.

    Police spokesperson Mogale said they would not comment on allegations that hired hit men snuffed out the political refugee who has lived in South Africa for six years.

    “I can only speak on what the South African police have found, not what other people, including those out of South Africa, are saying,” she said in reference to claims by the US-based Rudasingwa.

    There were initial reports that the deceased was likely injected with a lethal substance during a scuffle with his attackers who suffocated him, and results of a post-mortem report expected out today will confirm cause of death.

    Blood oozed from Karegeya’s mouth and his face “darkened like charcoal”, according to his nephew David Batenga, who recounted the Colonel’s last days to this newspaper.

    A fellow exiled dissident, former army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, survived two assassination attempts since fleeing to South Africa in 2010, the same year he formed the RNC along with Karegeya and others.

    Lt Gen Nyamwasa is quoted by the BBC saying Karegeya had gone to the upmarket Michelangelo Towers Hotel to meet “somebody he knew very well, somebody who had come from Kigali”.
    He accused the Rwandan government of being behind the killing.

    Karegeya’s last days
    His final hours were “jolly” before the tragic end on New Year or its eve.

    Col Karegeya’s nephew David Batenga, who is working as an accountant in South Africa, said a long-time friend of the deceased telephoned the Colonel to book accommodation for him, which he did at Michelangelo Towers Hotel on December 29.

    The visitor (names withheld) on previous occasions stayed at Karegeya’s secluded exile home in Johannesburg, but chose this time a hotel ostensibly because he had to meet other business associates whom he never wanted to know the Colonel’s place of abode.

    “They were no strangers; their relationship was perfect according to me, and I guess according to Karegeya,” Mr Batenga said.

    The Colonel picked the visitor up from Sandton train station on Sunday morning, before checking into the hotel. The next day, Karegeya, Batenga and the guest — who said he had flown in from Dubai — enjoyed drinks at the cafeteria of the hotel, before each parted ways on a happy note.

    Mr Batenga said when he telephoned close to 1pm on Tuesday, Karegeya said he was rushing for a meeting with his visitor at the hotel and they later exchanged cell phone short text messages (SMS) in the evening, their last communication.

    When he dialled again at about 12:04 a.m. on Tuesday night to convey New Year wishes, both the Colonel’s mobile phone and landline at home went unanswered and he assumed Karegeya was absorbed in the euphoria of the New Year celebrations.

    Mr Batenga and colleagues got concerned when Karegeya’s mobile phone went off momentarily and no one received calls to his home telephone.

    He then drove out to the residence but did not find the Colonel home, and so headed to the hotel where he said he found Karegeya’s car parked.

    On inquiring at the reception, he was told intercom calls to the booked room went unanswered and on physical inspection, hotel staff said the guest had flagged the “don’t disturb” label on the door. On his insistence, the hotel security opened the door, and found Karegeya who appeared to be asleep, his legs slightly raised and Batenga was told they could not wake him up.

    Batenga says he got suspicious and pressed the hotel staff who alerted police who reported promptly to inspect the room.

    “A lady at the reception walked over to me in the lobby and asked if I was fine. I said yes. Then she said: Unfortunately, the guest is dead!” said Batenga, initially mistaking the deceased to be a hotel resident.

    He later moved upstairs with police, and was horrified to find the body of Karegeya in a pool of blood on the mattress, his face “darkened like charcoal”. The volume of the television set in the hotel room had been turned up in what police suspect was to muffle any noise during the scuffle with assailants.

    “This was totally a murder case; it was thought through and thoroughly planned ahead of time,” he said.

    A review of CCTV footage, according to sources, shows up to four people may have been involved in Karegeya’s killing.

  3. Col Patrick Karegeya was born in 1960 to a Rwandan refugee family in Rubare, Ntungamo District. His parents had fled ethnic violence in 1959 that forced more than 100,000 Tutsis to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

    His mother, Ms Jane Kanimba Kenshuro, said her late son attended Bujubya Primary School, Kampala Secondary School for both O and A-level, before joining Makerere University in 1978.

    He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1982. After his graduation, the Obote II government repatriated Rwandan refugees in Uganda over suspicion that they were supporting then rebel leader Yoweri Museveni. Col Karegeya’s family fled to a refugee camp.

    After university, he started recruiting youth to join the National Resistance Army (NRA) war against the Obote government and was arrested, charged with treason and incarcerated for three years in Luzira prison.

    After his release, he fled to the bush and joined the NRA guerrilla war. NRA, now Uganda People’s Defence Forces, captured power in 1986 and he worked as assistant director counter-intelligence under the Directorate Military Intelligence (DMI), now Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence. He worked under now Rwandan president Paul Kagame, who was the deputy director at DMI.

    He was part of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) soldiers who invaded Rwanda in 1990.

    In the same year, his family shifted from Ntungamo and settled in Kashari in Mbarara District. His father died in 2004.

    When RPF captured power in 1994, he became Rwanda’s spy chief until 2004. When Uganda and Rwanda fought in Kisangani, DR Congo, Col Karegeya was instrumental in coordinating Rwandan military intelligence during the Kisangani battles.

    He later fell out with president Kagame and was placed under house arrest. President Kagame also stripped him of his military rank of colonel. He fled into exile in 2007 and has been living in South Africa after he was granted political asylum. In 2010, he described president Kagame as a dictator and called for war against his regime.

    He was quoted to have said: “We fought for liberation of Rwanda so that Rwandans can have 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 and fight for their freedom,” he told the Observer newspaper, referring to president Kagame.

  4. MBARARA- The family of the fallen former Rwanda intelligence chief, Col Patrick Karegeya, has asked the government of Uganda to help them return his body for burial at their home in Rwenjeru Biharwe Sub-county, Kashari County in Mbarara District.

    Speaking to the Daily Monitor yesterday, the mother of Karegeya, Ms Jane Kanimba Kenshuro, said, “I ask the government (of Uganda) to bring him and I bury him here. His father and all other relatives were buried here.”

    Ms Kanimba, 87, also appealed to the government to help Mr Karegeya’s wife and the children to come and attend his burial.

    The deceased’s wife, Ms Leah Karegeya and his two sons: Elvis Karegeya, 21, and Richard Karegeya, 19, live in the US while his daughter, Portia Karegeya, 24, lives in Canada.

    The colonel’s father, John Kanimba, died and was buried in Rwenjeru Biharwe in 2004. They lived in Rubaare Rushenyi, Ntungamo District before they relocated to Mbarara in 1990.

    “I want his body to be buried here because I am a Ugandan and his father was a Ugandan,” Ms Kanimba said.

    She said she last saw Col Karegeya in February last year when she visited him in South Africa. They also talked on phone towards Christmas and on December 26.

    “I asked him how he was preparing for Christmas; he told me he was not preparing much. We talked a day after the Christmas Day; we congratulated each other for observing the day. In all the occasions he never told me he was sick, he said he was very fine,” the mother said amidst sobs.
    The family members received the news of his suspected assassination on New Year’s Day at around 9.40 pm.

    “We were celebrating the New Year and our relative in South Africa telephoned us that Karegeya has been killed; the family was gripped by shock,” said Ms Jeanette Mukose, Karegeya’s sister.

    Neither government of Uganda nor that of Rwanda has contacted them about the death.

    Relatives from near and far were thronging the deceased’s home on Thursday evening, wailing and others lost for words.

    “We are in shock, we don’t know who to ask and who to contact. The government has not talked to us. We don’t know what is going on,” Ms Mukose said.

  5. After getting the news from South Africa on the death of Col. Patrick Karegeya, Ikaze Iwacu decided to start an investigation by contacting its informers within Village Urugwiro and DMI. The investigation was not to confirm that criminal Paul Kagame killed Col. Patrick Karegeya, as everyone knows that he ordered the killing. But to identify the Killing squad that went to South Africa to carry out this heinous mission.

    Names of the killing squad that went to South Africa

    Appolo Ismael Kiririsi; who is a perceived friend to Karegeya.
    Brig. Gen. Faustin Kalisa; external under the president’s office.
    Col. Francis Mutiganda; head of Rwanda’s external and former escort to Jack Nziza.
    Maj. Matungo; an assassin from the presidential guard.
    Lt. Col. Francis Gakwerere; an external operative who is experienced at assassinations.
    Captain Tuyisenge; presidential guard and Paul Kagame’s personal body guard.
    Lt. Col. Charles Shema; external and Paul Kagame’s nephew.
    Ikaze Iwacu hasn’t come up with the above names; these names were given to Ikaze Iwacu by its informers. Readers may doubt our information; reliable informers within DMI have told Ikaze Iwacu that the above names have been holding clandestine meetings in Gikondo at a house that was formerly owned by Kabuga Felicien; top level meetings were always conducted by killer Jack Nziza and on the 20th December 2013 even Kagame personally attended this meeting at 2PM. As the meetings were always conducted in the middle of the nights.

    Ikaze Iwacu informers stated “that it was unfortunately that we did not know that they were planning to kill Karegeya. Usually these meetings at this location are usually held before kidnappings on opposition members in Uganda, Kagame attending this meeting is a sign that they were aiming a high target.”

    This informer continued to tell Ikaze Iwacu that before the abduction of Lt. Joel Mutabazi there were also similar meetings taking place at this house in Gikondo that was formerly owned by Kabuga Felicien. Ikaze Iwacu readers should know that the operation to kidnap Lt. Joel Mutabazi was personally supervised by Killer Jack Nziza and conducted by Col. Franco Rutagengwa, Lt Col. Burabyo James and Lt. Col. Francis Gakwerere.

    Who is Apollo Ismail Kiririsi?

    Apollo Kiririsi is a son of the late Hadji Kiririsi; those who know this family have told Ikaze Iwacu that Appllo’s father Hadji Kiririsi was a honourable man, hard working and loved by all the Muslim community in Rwanda and the region like in Burundi and in the City of Goma. The son Apollo Kiririsi is the opposite of his father, he is a conman that he even grabbed all the wealth left by his late father without sharing with his siblings.

    Apollo Kiririsi is not a normal person, those who know him say that he speaks fluent Kinyarwanda, Swahili, Arabic, French, English, Russian and some Lingala and Luganda. He has lived in Egypt, Kuwait, Russia and Europe. He was also imprisoned in England for Drug trafficking. Apollo Kiririsi had also dealings with the CDD-FDD rebellion in Burundi as he was their channel of conduct for weapons and it was due to arms dealings with CDD-FDD that he was briefly imprisoned in 2002 in Rwanda.

    As Gasigwa Norbert stated in his Ikaze Iwacu article that Apollo Kiririsi was also involved in human smuggling; where he transported many men and women in Europe and America. Reliable informers have told Ikaze Iwacu that between 1997 to 2002; more than 70% of people that came to Europe and America were helped by Apollo Kiririsi. As one Rwandan in Holland told Ikaze Iwacu that “My parents paid Apollo 2000 dollars to bring me to Holland through Moscow.”

    On this fate full day Col. Patrick Karegeya had gone to meet Apollo Kirisisi as usual, since Patrick Karegeya was always in contact with this man as one of his informers in Rwanda. As an external intelligence officer Col. Patrick Karegeya had recruited this man as his informer in the region. When Patrick Karegeya wanted to meet this man he never used to visit him with escorts as Apollo Kiririsi always wanted his meetings with Karegeya to be kept as a secret.

    Why the above criminals?

    Ikaze Iwacu asked its contacts in DMI why they suspect the above names to have been involved in the assassination of Patrick Karegeya. Our informers have told Ikaze Iwacu that on the 22nd December 2013, a group led by Brig. Gen. Faustin Kalisa, Maj. Matungo and Captain Tuyisenge left Rwanda a board Kenya air ways to Lilongwe and then to Mozambique. These men weren’t in Kigali during Christmas period as they had travel outside Rwanda.

    The second group left Rwanda on the 26th December 2013; it was led by Col. Francis Mutiganda that involved Lt. Col. Francis Gakwerere, Lt. Col. Charles Shema and Col. Francis Mutiganda. This group left Rwanda a board Ethiopian air ways to Lusaka Zambia. Ikaze Iwacu would like to remind its readers that Lt. Col. Francis Gakwerere is the person who led the attempted assassination on Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa and the brain behind the assassination of Mzee Laurent Kabila as he was his former escort before being sent out of Congo, when Mzee Laurent Kabila told Rwandans to return to their country.

    Ikaze Iwacu asked its informers why they suspected that these men and this is their reply

    This group should be suspected as the first group that composed of Brig. Gen. Faustin Kalisa, Maj. Matungo and Captain Tuyisenge travelled before Christmas, yet knowing that all of them have wives and children. During Christmas they were still out of the country.
    The second group also visiting the South African countries that was composed of Col. Francis Mutiganda, Lt. Col. Francis Gakwerere and Lt. Col. Charles Shema, was also suspicious. This group left exactly after Christmas and they lied to other DMI agents that they are going to Uganda. But we later found out that they travelled to Zambia.
    The informer said that, “ We in the DMI knew that Jack Nziza was leading top secret meetings in Gikondo DMI safe house with the above killers; that even President attended; those people would not tell us otherwise if the information was leaked they would have been killed.”
    The above DMI men are constantly in pubs around Kigali; but since early December we stopped seeing them in pubs as they were involved in planning for something.
    The above men know those countries in South Africa very well, they have operated before in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa itself.
    These are the same people that killed Theogene Turatsinze in Mozambique and that operation was personally carried out by Lt. Col. Francis Gakwerere at the orders of Paul Kagame.
    This group was large enough for technical operation and it was composed of well known Presidential hit squad.
    However these informers have confirmed with Ikaze Iwacu that Apollo Ismail Kiririsi was not among the people who used to attend the Gikondo meeting.

    Rwandans should know that Kagame’s external intelligence uses Ugandan passports and of recently they have started using Congo Brazzaville passports and Nigerian passports obtain by the Nigerian mafias with the help of Mr Joseph Habeniza, Rwanda’s ambassador to Nigeria.

    The relationship between Apollo Kiririsi and Jack Nziza

    Ikaze Iwacu tried to ask its informers if they know whether there is a working relationship between Apollo and criminal Jack; one of the informers told Ikaze Iwacu that initially they did not know each other, but after the release from 1930 prison Apollo Kiririsi was introduced to Jack Nziza by Sheikh Saleh Harerimana who is an internal DMI agent for Jack Nziza; and from then they would meet but, we in the DMI thought he was running business dealings with JacK Nziza as Apollo is always in Dubai.

    nziza-okHere in DMI we are shocked at how easy col. Karegeya was able to trust this man knowing his history as a street crook. The DMI informer continued to say that “the problem of being in intelligence work is that you become obsessed with information. Karegeya was obsessed with knowing information about Kagame and the RPF; and that was his weakness.”

    The informer told Ikaze Iwacu that apart from the above names no one else knew about this plan, if the National Security Personnel had known about it trust me, we would have known it. The DMI informer stated that “People like James Kabarebe, Karenzi Karake and Patrick Nyamvumba may not have known about it; it was an exclusive plan done by criminal Paul Kagame, his right hand dog Jack Nziza and the above named thugs.”

    Rutembesa Didier’s movement in Kigali

    Ikaze Iwacu readers should know that Rwanda’s chief spy in South Africa was in Rwanda, where he arrived early December; going back to Rwanda is not a problem but the people he met while he was in Rwanda. Ikaze Iwacu informer in village Urugwiro has testified that Didier was a regular night visitor in village Urugwuiro.

    kagame the vampireWhen Paul Kagame went to South Africa to pay his last respect to Nelson Mandela; Rutembesa Didier went back with Kagame on the same plane. It is even possible that criminal Paul Kagame may have used his plane to transport poison to South Africa, since his killing thug Rutembesa was also on this plane and the dictator. These embassy staffs are the people who provide logistic support to Jack Nziza’s thugs in their plans to eliminate political opponents.

    The end of Apollo Kiririsi

    Rwandans know how the RPF operates; they don’t like any one on the outside knowing too much. Kagame has turned his guns against those who know his secrets, and it is a matter of time before criminal Kagame eliminates Apollo Kiririsi.


    All Ikaze Iwacu informers in the Rwandan security services confirmed that this group must have entered South Africa by road through the Mozambique- South Africa road. By the time Ikaze Iwacu went to press, these men were not yet in Rwanda. Kwame Nkrumah once said that “Those who assassinate others are, because they have failed to convince them. You can kill the body but you can’t kill the spirit of Ideology.”

    For the Kagames they think that they will convince Rwandans by using death squads and his blood money. Rwandans are registering RPF’s killings and trust me, the time is soon coming for these thugs to pay up. The tragic consequences will be severe for Kagame’s thugs and Rwandans know who they are!! For the RPF’s criminal politician, Rwandans know who you are and you will one day pay for your crimes.

    When we tell opposition leaders that the only way to remove criminal Kagame and his RPF bandits is through an armed struggle; we are usually rebuffed, called war mongers, FDLR sympathisers or haters of Rwanda. J.F. Kennedy once said that “Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible, will make a violent revolution inevitable.” Dear Rwandans the time is ripe to weed out RPF and all its criminals.

    R.I.P Col Patrick Karegeya and Col Mamadou Moustafa Ndala; the Abega-Tutsi- Hima empire will be defeated at all Cost.

    By a Correspondent

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