March 10, 2014

South Africa To Review Rwanda Ties

Exiled former Rwandan army chief, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa (file photo)
Exiled former Rwandan army chief, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa (file photo)

South Africa is considering breaking diplomatic ties with Rwanda after both countries expelled each other’s envoys, following an assassination attempt against a former Rwandan army chief in Johannesburg.

A South African senior diplomatic source said Sunday that Pretoria was considering recalling the country’s ambassador to Rwanda as well as closing the Rwanda Embassy in the capital.

On March 7, South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats in connection with an assassination attempt against exiled former Rwandan army chief, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa.

According to the diplomatic source, whose name was not mentioned in the report, South African security agencies caught the alleged hitmen and expelled them, claiming they were masquerading as diplomats.

In response, Rwanda ordered the expulsion of six South African envoys.

The assassination attempt against Nyamwasa occurred on March 3, when armed men raided his home in Johannesburg.

The former army chief was not at home at the time, but his property was ransacked and a computer and some documents were taken.

South African officials say the incident was “the last straw” for the government, following two previous attempts on Nyamwasa’s life in 2010 and the murder of former Rwandan spy chief, Patrick Karegeya last December.

Nyamwasa and Karegeya, both critics of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, co-founded the Rwandan opposition party, National Congress.

Rwanda has denied any involvement in attacks on exiled dissidents living in South Africa.

Press TV

3 thoughts on “South Africa To Review Rwanda Ties

  1. Good Rwanda is back in the News after a longtime rumors covering the East African Countries that for President Paul Kagame to be or not to is a big question.Much as Now Rwanda and South Africa are trying to resolve a problem between the two countries who should be prudent enough to tell the World where is Paul Kagame and if things are doing well with him may he kindly break the two months silence by appearing on any of the Television to address and great the People in the World

  2. Kagame you are doing well development wise but please stop this childish and stupid behavior of killing people you disagree with.

  3. Kagame should stop thinking that he is the wisest. He could be, in the killing field but should understand too that 11 millions people will never be eliminated. We allknow that almost all are “ingaruzwamuheto” and the day they’ll decide claim their rights back, he’ll not know what will hit him. World’s problems including Rwandas will never be solved by killing voices with different opinions!! Stop killing men like Karegeya, women like Emertha Mukoshiki and children through M23. Talk to people with different views and let all come on-board for nation building!

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