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The East African : January 13th 2014
14 LOUISE MUSHIKIWABO TALKS TOUGH Karegeya death ‘not Rwanda problem’ Fo≥eign A≠ai≥s Ministe≥ defends he≥ govt’s decision not to ‘feel pity fo≥ a self-decla≥ed enemy,’ on social media By EDMUND KAGIRE The EastAfrican R wanda has spoken out on the death of Patrick Kar- egeya, the former head of external intelligence, a week after he was found dead in an uptown hotel in the South African city of Johannesburg, saying it has no sympathy for its sworn enemies. Early this week, Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo came out on social media defending her government’s decision not to “ feel any sympathy or pity for Karegeya — a self-declared enemy” of her government. Using her official Twitter ac- count, Ms Mushikiwabo said the Rwandan government has no sympathy for those who had decided to “overthrow a government violently.” Her statement immediately sparked a heated response from the deceased’s family, friends and sympathisers. The list was led by Karegeya’s eldest children Elvis and Portia Karegeya, who sought to know more about the possibility of the Rwanda government involvement in their father’s death. “It is my government’s posi- tion... what happens to its enemies should not make it lose sleep and secondly investigation should proceed,” Ms Mushikiwabo responded in a tweet. Away from Twitter, Ms Mushikiwabo in an interview with two local radio stations — Radio Rwanda (public) and Contact FM (private) — said that Rwanda was more concerned with the country’s citizens killed by grenades planted by Mr Karegeya who she described as “very bad man” who worked with the Demo- cratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to plan grenade attacks in the capital Kigali from 2010. The FDLR rebel group are the rump of the Interahamwe militias that carried out the 1994 genocide. “Indeed, this man Mr Kar- egeya served Rwanda as the head of external intelligence but fled the country after committing serious, treasonable acts. What most people know is that Mr Karegeya betrayed the country by protecting Felicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted genocide suspects,” she said in Kinyarwanda. “At the time he fled, it had been revealed that he had dealings with the Kabuga family with the aim of helping him get away with the genocide crime charges he is facing in exchange for money,” Ms Mushikiwabo said. In the interview, Ms Mushiki- wabo, who is also the government spokesperson, said it was a serious offence for someone who headed the country’s intelligence to commit. When someone declares war on a country, the country has no option but to fight that person, Ms Mushikiwabo said. “You cannot assume that you can declare war on a country on different media around the world and actually go ahead to threaten the security of that country and then say you will use all available means to overthrow a standing government and expect people to take it lightly,” she said. Ms Mushikiwabo again avoided the question of whether Rwanda could have pursued Karegeya in South Africa but said that Kigali is not concerned with what happens to Rwandans abroad. The EastAfrican NEWS JANUARY 11-17,2014 KDF kills Al Shabaab militants in Somalia By A CORRESPONDENT AFP KENYA SAID Friday it had killed at least 30 Al Shabaab rebels including top commanders in an air strike on a training camp in Somalia. The raid on Thursday evening targeted the rebel camp in Garbarahey in Gedo region around 600 kilometres northwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu and near the border with Kenya and Ethiopia, the Kenyan military said. “KDF (Kenya Defence Force) fighter jets attacked an Al Shabaab camp, where a meeting was being held,” a senior KDF official said. “Initial battle damage assessment indicates more than 30 Al Shabaab militants killed, including key commanders,” the official added. Another military official said Kenyan armed forces were trying to determine the identities of those killed in the raid. “We are yet to establish their Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister. Picture: File WHO IS KAREGEYA? Mr Karegeya fled Rwanda in 2007 after facing several charges of insubordination and misconduct. He had been living in South Africa, where he had joined other opposition forces to oppose the government of President Paul Kagame. Reports said that he would be buried in South Africa after both Rwanda and Uganda, where his parents lived, showed no interest in accepting his remains back. Mr Karegeya was born in Mbarara in Uganda. He attended Makerere University where he earned a Bachelor of Law degree. He joined the National Resistance Army in Uganda but was arrested in June 1982 and charged with treason. Later he joined President Yoweri Museveni in the NRA struggle that led to the overthrow of Milton Obote. During the one-hour inter- view, the minister said there could be many reasons behind Karegeya’s murder, as a man who was involved in many “shady deals” and “ugly politics.” She describes the allegations levelled against Kigali as “bar talk,” emphasising that for some reason, the Rwandan opposition has vowed to blame the Rwandan government for whatever happens to exiled Rwandans opposing the government, a trap she says they will not fall into. Ms Mushikiwabo compared Mr Karegeya to Sylvester Mudacumura, the head of the DR Congo-based FDLR. identities, but they are definitely big shots in the militant group’s hierarchy,” the official said, adding that five vehicles and other “key assets” were destroyed in the raid. Officials said they believed dozens of other militants were also wounded. Kenya has been battling the Al-Qaeda-inspired Al Shabaab on Somali soil since October 2011, and has since joined the African Union force deployed in the country. President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to maintain Kenya’s military presence in the wartorn country despite Al Shabaab attacks inside Kenya — including the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in September last year. “Let them know that we will not relent on the war,” President Kenyatta said late last year.
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