Police in South Africa Arrest four people in connection with shooting of Rwanda’s former Army Chief

Former Army Chief - Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa

Police in South Africa are saying they have arrested four people for the shooting of an exiled Rwandan army general on Saturday. The police spokesman, Govind Samy, would not give the nationality of those arrested. According to him, they are still busy with the investigation.

Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who is a former Rwandan army chief of staff, was shot in South Africa and taken to hospital in a critical condition. According to Nyamwasa’s wife, the couple had been returning from shopping when a gunman opened fire on the car. She said it was an assassination attempt as there had been no demand for money or goods. Lt Gen Nyamwasa, an outspoken critic of President Paul Kagame, fled from Kigali in February.  President Paul Kagame, later accusing him of using an anti-corruption campaign to frame opponents.

He was shot in the stomach during the midday attack and is now undergoing surgery in a Johannesburg clinic. Mrs Nyamwasa said the gunman had shot at them until his gun jammed. According to reports, Lt Gen Nyamwasa was one of President Kagame’s closest confidants, until they fell out. Since arriving in South Africa, the former army chief has accused the president of corruption, accusations the Rwandan authorities have denied.  He also claimed the judiciary were compromised and said that the judges were now President Paul Kagame’s property.

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