Confusion in Kigali exacerbated by information vacuum Coming only a few weeks after a former ambassador of Rwanda to India, Lt-Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa (who is also former chief of staff of the army) fled to South Africa, news early last week of the arrests and jailing of two generals, Maj-Gen. Karenzi Karake and Lt-Gen Charles Muhire, was bound to set tongues wagging. When, the following morning, police arrested Victoire Ingabire, who has declared her intention to contest the presidency, it began to look like we had the beginnings of a political crisis in Kigali. As of the time of writing this analysis, Ingabire had been granted bail following an appeal by her lawyer. This was a day after prosecutors brought charges against her of propagating genocide ideology, association with a terrorist group, negation of the genocide and encouraging ethnic divisionism. Talk is rife in Kigali of a supposed coup détat that has been quelled. Others speculate that what is happening in the Rwandan capital is a power struggle within the armed forces that Kagame is suppressing by jailing the generals. Also, the rumor mill has it that the arrest of Ingabire is related to that of the army men, because, goes the speculation, all these people were together in behind-the-scenes efforts to overthrow Kagame. Informed sources however contend that there is no way Ingabire would be in cahoots with any Rwandan military officer for anything after all, it is only recently that she and others in her political party FDU Inkingi were cheerleading as a French judge, Jean Louis Bruguiere, issued international arrest warrants for several Rwandan officers. The talk in Kigali is, in short, the product of confusion exacerbated by an information vacuum that can be blamed on the fact that our news media which is only now trying to rebuild and still experiences yawning gaps in terms of qualified professionals has so often got it wrong on so many issues that very few staff within any government institution, leave alone the army, are willing to leak information to it. The armys stand, articulated by army spokesperson Jill Rutaremara following the arrests of the army officers, was that Maj-Gen. Karake was charged with conduct that contravenes and undermines the values and ethos of the Rwanda Defense Force, and that Lt-Gen Muhire was arrested due to serious charges of corruption and misuse of office. Long-time watchers of the Rwandan military know that even if Lt-Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa who has been accused of involvement in terrorist attacks in Kigali, specifically the spate of grenade explosions in the Rwandan capital that took about three lives were to plan something dangerous it would not be with Karenzi Karake. The two men were never close; they never went to any school together; they never served anywhere together. According to an officer who didnt want to be named discussing military matters, it is inconceivable that even if there were a plan to stage a coup the two men would be in it together. Ditto with Charles Muhire. Shyaka Kanuma is chief editor of the Rwanda Focus.