Rwanda Probes Nyamwasa, Karegeya Over Grenade Attacks

order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Two grenade explosions at Kicukiro Market in Kigali last weekend left at least two people dead and several others injured.

viagra geneva;”>Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo on Saturday said Rwanda knows “the networks of Rwandan dissidents in South Africa have linked with FDLR in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to destabilize the security Rwandans value.”

While Mushikiwabo did not provide any names, knowledgeable sources have told this investigative website that ex Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa and former External Security Organisation boss, Col Patrick Karegeya, are the main suspects.

Mushikiwabo further noted that government was “saddened by casualties of indiscriminate grenade attacks on innocent civilians” and that “Rwanda’s security organs alert to ensure safety of all.”

She further stated that “as we work with the region and international community for peace and security we’ll not allow these networks to carry out attacks in Rwanda with impunity.”


The Minister did not specify on how Rwanda would respond. The country recently piled troops and heavy artillery at its frontier with DRC following cross-border fire from the war-torn country.

Gen Kayumba and Karegeya fled to exile in South Africa after falling out with the government in Kigali.

It is in South Africa that both former senior army officers in the Rwanda army and close confidants of President Kagame are suspected to be planning to cause regime change in Kigali.

In an interview last year with South Africa’s City Press, Kayumba said: “We are hoping for an uprising in Rwanda. In that case, he’ll (Kagame) be gone within three months. He’s a coward; he’ll run. Don’t be surprised if we extract him from a pipe like the Libyans did with Muammar Gaddafi.”

Speaking at a press conference in Kampala in 2012, President Kagame said there was “incontrovertible evidence” that Nyamwasa had as well been making alliances in Congo to overthrow his government.

“If Nyamwasa decides to pick up guns, because there are such signs, we have medicine for him. We are ready to fight. We have been preparing for them (Nyamwasa and his allies) for a long time. We are very prepared,” said Kagame.

“We shall sort it out. Nyamwasa has a loud mouth but time will come when he will shut up.”

The collaboration of the two renegade Generals, who are founders of Rwanda National Congress (RNC), with FDLR came to light in 2012 following the defection of the DRC-based militia’s top commander, Lt Col Abraham Sam Bisengimana.

He told the media at Mutobo, Northern Province that in a meeting held in Pretoria, South Africa on January 30, 2011 and attended by about 10 people, Kayumba and Karegeya were designated as intermediaries between the FDLR and the international stakeholders.

In the meeting moderated by Frank Ntwali, Kayumba’s brother-in-law and attended by top FDLR representatives as well as ex-FAR commanders living in Cape Town, Kayumba and Karegeya committed themselves to the task of procuring weapons and working to sanitize the FDLR, by helping improve its propaganda campaign.


A 2010 investigation by the United Nations reported that most FDLR ex-combatants and active officers viewed Rwanda National Congress as a potential ally and a factor that encouraged them to persist in their struggle.

UN said FDLR, although it does not receive any material or financial support from RNC, view the party’s efforts as complementary to its own medium-term military strategy.

Through a telephone conversation with RNC leaders set up at the initiative of UN after its visit to South Africa, Nyamwasa told the investigators that he could not work with FDLR military leader, Mudacumura.

He alleged that Mudacumura hated Tutsis and that his ideology was incompatible with that of RNC.

Nyamwasa also denied to UN that he was mounting an armed rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and claimed that had he wanted to do so, he would already be on the ground in that area.

Nyamwasa and Karegeya also explained that, however, that they were both frequently solicited by telephone calls from purported armed group leaders in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, but had always refused such overtures.

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