Gunman Attacks Gen Kayumba's Home

visit geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Reports indicate the opposition Rwanda National Congress (RNC) founder was attacked on Tuesday at his home in Johannesburg.

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Details of the incident remain scanty.

However, a diplomat told Chimpreports on Tuesday night that an unidentified gunman opened fire at the General’s home but failed to hit his target.

Nyamwasa was reportedly at home when the incident occurred. This will be the third time assassins are trying to eliminate Kayumba.

A gun man shot Kayumba in the stomach in Johannesburg during the 2010 World Cup festival.


RNC is yet to issue a statement on the matter.

The alleged attack comes just two months after a renegade former spymaster Patrick Karegeya was found dead at a luxurious Hotel in Johannesburg.

RNC turmoil

There have been reports that Kayumba has been planning to apologise for his mistakes and reunite with President Paul Kagame, one of the reasons behind the turmoil in the RNC.

However, the party denied the reports in a statement, saying “Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, as an individual, has no plan to negotiate with President Kagame or his government. General Kayumba doesn’t owe an apology to President Kagame.”

Yet, in February this year, two senior members of RNC – Dr Paulin Murayi and his wife Winnie Kabuga resigned to form a new party.

Murayi was head of Belgium chapter of the ruling committee of RNC party.

A source said the defections were a result of growing power struggles, mistrust, defections and backstabbing among members in RNC.

Sources say Hutu officials especially Murayi, the founder of radio RTLM which played a key role in mobilising the Interahamwe to kill Tutsis on a large scale in 1994, did not trust Tutsi politicians in RNC due to their strong links to Kagame and the RPF.

Winnie Kabuga is the daughter of Felicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted 1994 genocide fugitives on earth.

RNC was founded by the late Karegeya, Kayumba, former Prosecutor General Gerald Gahima and ex-envoy to US, Dr Theogene Rudasingwa.

Kigali accuses Kayumba of conniving with the FDLR militia in DRC to destabilise Rwanda, allegations he denies.

The alleged shooting at Kayumba’s home comes at a time when Rwanda is engaged in several activities to commemorate the 1994 genocide.

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