Sunday March 9 2014

S. Africa expels three Rwandan diplomats


A diplomatic row has erupted after South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats it says were linked to a recent attack on the home of Rwandan dissident Lt Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, currently living in exile in South Africa.

Rwanda has also reportedly retaliated and expelled six South African diplomats who were on Friday given 48 hours to leave the country.
The Rwandan High Commissioner to Uganda, Maj Frank Mugambagye, did not pick our repeated calls but Reuters quoted a Rwandan government official, who confirmed the expulsion of Rwandan diplomats.
According to a statement issued by the opposition Rwanda National Congress this week, Gen Kayumba’s home in South Africa was raided on Tuesday when the family was away.

Mr Paul Ramaloko, the spokesperson for the South Africa special police investigative unit, the Hawks, said on Wednesday that the intruders carried away a computer and some documents.

This is the third assassination attempt on Gen Nyamwasa since 2010 when he fled into exile in South Africa. In 2010, South Africa recalled its ambassador in Rwanda after Gen Nyamwasa was attacked by a gunman, leaving him with stomach gunshot wounds. The two countries continue to have cold relations.

Expelled diplomats
According to sources, two of the Rwandan diplomats asked to leave Pretoria are Didier Rutembesa and Claude Nikobisanzwe, both security advisors at the High Commission. The third one was not identified by press time.