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Kayumba’s ‘associate’ gunned down in car hijacking

Written by: George Kalisa
Friday, May 31st, 2019, 1:23

Rwanda’s State Minister in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe has confirmed today that Camille Nkurunziza, formerly a member of Maj. Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa’s Rwanda National Congress (RNC) was late Thursday shot dead by the Goodwood Police in a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.


RNC to which Nkurunziza belonged before joining the National Liberation Front (FNL) is a terrorist group that is part of the P5, which is responsible for widespread insecurity in the Great Lakes Region said the latest UN Group of Experts on Democratic Republic of Congo.


Rwandan authorities say the group’s ultimate aim is to destabilize Rwanda, which will celebrate the 25th liberation anniversary on July4.


“So, Camille Nkurunziza, a member of terrorist organizations RNC of Kayumba Nyamwasa then FLN of Callixte Nsabimana, was also a hijacker in South Africa. He was killed yesterday evening by the Goodwood Police while resisting arrest with a knife. Once a criminal, always a criminal,” Nduhungirehe said through a tweet today.


The South African Police confirmed the incident to the local media.


Fugitive Kayumba served the Kigali administration in many ranks including heading the Rwandan military before Court sentenced him in absentia to 24 years in jail in 2011. He was convicted of terrorism, genocide denial and crimes against humanity.


The presence of the Rwandan dissidents in the region is blamed for the standoff in diplomatic relations, especially between Uganda and Rwanda with Rwanda accusing her northern neighbour of supporting the Rwandan rebels. Uganda continues to deny the accusations.  


Nearly two weeks ago, Callixte Nsabimana aka Sankara currently remanded in Kigali told Rwandan Court that he had met senior military official from neighbouring Uganda and Burundi. Nsabimana has been serving as the FLN Spokesperson , a group that claimed responsibility for the attacks in Southern Rwanda that left some nine civilians killed and many injured.


“We met Ugandan military officials. There was a scheduled meeting with Brig. Gen Kandiho [Head of Uganda’s military Intelligence] but on the day of the meeting, he had an emergency so he sent a Colonel. We requested for military and diplomatic support and by the end of the meeting we were given a positive answer".


The UN Group of Experts report recently said P5 is a coalition of Rwandan opposition political organisations, including RNC, Amahoro People’s Congress (AMAHORO-PC), the Forces démocratiques unifées-Inkingi (FDU-Inkingi), the People’s Defence Pact-Imanzi (PDP-Imanzi) and the Social Party-Imberakuri.

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