Rwandan Foreign Minister Confirms Accusations by South Africa Against Rwanda in Assassination Attempt
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Rwanda Confirms Being Targeted by South African Investigation
Today, Tuesday July 6, 2010, Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister, Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, confirmed that South African Police arrested Captain Francis Gakwerere and then released him and that South African Police investigation in the assassination attempt on the exiled Rwandan General Kayumba Nyamwasa is implicating the Rwandan Government and intelligence operatives.
Captain Francis Gakwerere was supposed to report back to the police but vanished, leaving behind his identification documents. The story of the arrest of Francis Gakwerere was first disclosed by AfroAmerica Network in June 21, 2010 article (click here: Rwandan RPA Officer Suspected in Assassination Attempt) and June 22, 2010 article (click here: General Kazura Allegedly Implicated in Assassination Attempt) based on the sources in Rwanda and South Africa, along with the implication of the Rwandan Military hierarchy and Rwandan Intelligence Operatives in the assassination plot. This was later confirmed by other news outlets and social media.
South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, through the Director General of Foreign Affairs Ayanda Ntsaluba, implicated, on July 1, 2010, the “Intelligence Operatives” of the government of a “Foreign Country” in the failed assassination attempt against the exiled Rwandan General Kayumba Nyamwasa.
Sources close to both Rwandan Intelligence and South African Police had told AfroAmerica Network that the foreign country is “Rwanda.”
After so much denying, tough talking, and face saving statements, the Rwandan Government, through the tough talking Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, has filed a formal protest with the South African Government through the South African High Commissioner to Rwanda, Gladstone Dumisani Gwadiso [in Photo].
“I summoned the Ambassador to express serious concerns in terms of how the investigations are being conducted. We have been seeing in the media, South African officials implicating Rwanda in the shooting, which is totally wrong and untrue,” said Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo before adding:
“Rwanda and South Africa have enjoyed good relations for the last sixteen years, but we are surprised by the manner in which investigations are being conducted which is very unprofessional.”
This is yet another blow to the Rwandan Government, now increasingly condemned across the World over its appalling human rights record. Within the last months the Rwandan Government and Rwandan intelligence and security operatives have unleashed brutal repression, assassinations, tortures, and violent attacks against opposition figures, the media, and exiled politicians and refugees.
Today, Tuesday July 6, 2010, while Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo was summoning the South African High Commissioner, the British House of Commons expressed its serious concerns during a hearing on Rwandan human rights records and pressed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to press the Rwandan Government of the issue
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