Friday, July 2, 2010

Kayumba Nyamwasa's Assassination Rationalisation

We can now with 100% certainty, according to the South African authorities, discard conspiracy  theories that claimed the attempted assassination on Kayuma Nyamwasa was directed by hutu refugees living in South Africa: The attempt was made by "security operatives from a foreign country". According to Jason Stearns (yesterday):
"South Africa government has just confirmed that the Rwandan government was behind the assassination. Merci, M. Ntsaluba.". 
The Rwandan government has over the last months been working hard on a justification for this attempt according to several statements by government officials linking Kayumba Nyamwasa to the FDLR, to grenade attacks in Kigali and to the CNDP. The fallout with the US in the Erlinder case and the potential fallout with South Africa seem in retrospective more and more as calculated chirurgical risks:

As reported by Jason Stearns  april 27th:
"In an interview with Jeune Afrique (couldn't see it online yet) this week, President Kagame hints as much: When asked who might be behind the grenade attacks, he says that they are still gathering evidence, but that it includes people in the eastern DRC and in South Africa. By which he could of course mean the FDLR, but I think it is more likely that these are people close to Nkunda."
According to Jason Stearns the first ofJuly:
"Rwandan security sources suggest that ex-CNDP members may be linked to the recent grenade attacks in Kigali and could also be in contact with General Kayumba Nyamwasa


June 5th Dr Tito Rutaremara, the Rwandese Patriotic Front Commissioner for Information writes:

"Typical of Gen. Nyamwasa’s deceitful nature, he equates reconciliatory efforts to reintegrate former FDLR soldiers to his, and Karegeya’s association, with the same terrorist group. Clearly there is a difference between coming together to make peace and uniting to wage war against a legitimate government."

June 25th Rwanda's Foreign Affairs Minister, Ms Louise Mushikiwabo, told the Ugandan Monitor:
"that prosecutors are pursuing Gen. Nyamwasa for his "involvement with elements that were involved with the insecurity - throwing of grenades - in Kigali."

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