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President's Bodyguard Escapes

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Mdau, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Mdau

    Mdau JF-Expert Member

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    A member of Rwanda's elite Presidential Republican Guard (PPG) survived death in what could be compared to a Hollywood Movie.

    President Paul Kagame's bodyguard, Innocent Kalisa who is used to travelling in a First Class if not on a presidential jet, for the first time was sealed in a vegetable container onto a plane and ferried to a safer country after escaping from a Safe House [illegal Torture Chamber] in Kigali, capital of Rwanda.

    “I really don't know how I got here, I must have been the luckiest person because the two days I spent in a Safe House, 20 people, which is an average of 10 per day were executed,” the former Republic Guard member, Kalisa [army No. AP98709] who had served in the unit since 2001 narrated to this reporter.

    Like many Army Officers in Kigali who are in great nervousness after President Kagame's recent accusations against his former allies to be behind and of their involvement in subversion activities against his country.

    Barely months to the country's presidential elections, has Kigali remained hostile to both the opposition and members of the armed forces who have previously had any slight knowledge about the renegade generals who fled the country into exile since last year.

    With handcuffs still on Kalisa's hand and leg, wearing a skin of fear on his face including the fresh wounds allegedly inflicted to him by his tormentors in a safe house at Kabeza a Kigali suburb. “There were blood stains on the carpet; I knew that any time I was going to be killed,” says Kagame's former close bodyguard. Kalisa adds: “The next night in the safe house, one army Maj. came into one of the rooms and questioned me, he promised me the worst the following day, if I don't tell him the truth.”

    “When he left that is when I started planning how I can get-out of the hell. Using the knowledge I got from various course I managed to escape,” Pte Kalisa narrates his nightmare to this reporter.

    According to Pte Kalisa, the only clue to his suffering, he says: “They started suspecting me when I was demobilized and visited my brother in Uganda where I was planning to get back for further studies.”

    “My brother who was in the army and served in the same unit before me, advised me to go further studies like him,” says Pte Kalisa, adding that: “Apart from visiting Uganda, I have no knowledge about those people [Lt. Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa and Col. Patrick Karegyeya], it is just because the president no longer trust anybody.”

    “At the moment, he [president] may not even trust his own shadow,” says the former bodyguard.

    Pte. Kalisa says his only problem is that he couldn't give information about the renegade army generals who recently fled the country to exile. Former Chief of Staff and Ambassador to India, Lt. Gen. Kayumba fled the country in February and joined the former Rwanda's Chief Spy, Col. Patrick Karegyeya who fled in 2007. Others who fled the country, include: Theoneste Mushindashaka, Senator Stanley Safari, Lt. Col. Sam Baguma, Capt. Eliphaz Ndikuyezu, Capt. Claude Bizimungu, Capt. John Wuwintari, Capt. John-Bosco Muhizi, Capt. Theobal Gakumba, Capt. John Ontabuka and Jean Pierre Kagubare, all fled the country to seek refuge in exile.

    Having served as a close bodyguard and his vast knowledge, Kalisa's fear could be seen wearing his face as he says he doesn't know why he's been tortured and linked to the people he has no contact. Kalisa wonders: “I started serving as bodyguard in 2001, I held responsibilities like close bodyguard for the family; ie the president, the First Lady and the children especially at school.

    “I had never harboured any bad motive against them. But why now?” asks Kalisa, adding that: “I have in the past travelled with the President to African States like Tanzania, Mwanza, Zambia-Lusaka, South Africa Durban why me at this time?

    “Kalisa? If he is the Kalisa, I know, he was working with us but he escaped from prison,” without giving reason why in the first place, Pte Kalisa was arrested, Colonel Tom Byabagamba who is the overall commander of President Kagame's Republican Guard, told this reporter in an exclusive telephone interview. Sounding familiar with the whole issue and giving no reasons why Kalisa was arrested, Col. Byabagamba added: “That guy is on a wanted list of our police, you can contact the Police spokesperson, and they are conversant with his case.” Col. Byabagamba neither did he mention or single out a single charge levelled against his former subordinate.

    However, the Rwanda's Republican Guard commander, Col. Byabagamba referred this reporter to the country's Police Spokesman, Eric Kayiranga who said: “Right now I'm in a stadium, I'm following the defense processions, I can't give the details.”

    “Yes, he is a wanted person,” said the Police spokesman Mr Kayiranga when pressed if he was aware of Pte Kalisa's criminal alleged charges. Without giving the details of charges against Kalisa, the police spokesman claimed: “Even through our newspapers he has been mentioned as a criminal, he should be arrested and brought to face justice.”

    “I'm not able to give the details, but there is a file in the criminal justice through the Interpol [International Police], he should appear before the court,” Mr Kayiranga told this reporter in a telephone interview, adding that: “I'm not in the office to tell you the case details. The country's Police spokesman, who said that the man is a wanted person with already a file in the criminal justice through the Interpol, also couldn't mention the nature of the charge saying that: “By the time you get back to me, I would have gathered all the information about him and I will provide you with the detailed information.”

    President Kagame who has been praised overseas for social and economic progress, has embarked on clamping down on the opposition politicians and the media ahead of the August Presidential elections. Mrs Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza is under house arrest in Kigali, after the court confiscated her passport and denied any movement outside the country. Even an American Attorney, Peter Erlinder who had come to represent Mrs Ingabire was arrested and remained in detention on alleged crimes of 'Genocide Denial'.

    For what reason would Rwandan security agents arrested Kalisa when he had been demobilized on 28 January 2010, according to the demobilization certificate, remains a mystery.

    Contary to information given about Pte Kalisa, this reporter has independently obtained a demobilisation certificate from the defense ministry which suggests that he was relieved of duties on in January this year.

    According to a certificate baring the signature of the country's Minister of Defense, General Marcel Gatsinzi, and written in Kinyarwanda, it reads: “Ministeri y'ingabo irashimira No. AP98709 Pte Kalisa Innocent akazi yakoreye igihugu mugihe yari akiri umusirikare akaba asezerewe kamugaragaro le 28th January 2010. (The Ministry of Defense would like to thank, No. AP98709 Pte [Private] Kalisa Innocent for serving his country whilst was a soldier. He has officially been relieved of his duties on 28th January, 2010.” Source: Norman Miwambo
  2. Mhafidhina

    Mhafidhina JF-Expert Member

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    hivi haya mambo ya kuuana chini chini na kutesana bado yapo huko Rwanda?

    Kagame anaonekana kama ni mtu safi lakini kwa hii habari i have started to raise my eyebrows on him...!
  3. zomba

    zomba JF-Expert Member

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    Kuna watu humu JF walikuwa wanataka kumkodisha aje kuongoza Tanzania!

    Mungu hamfichi mnafik! Kikowapi?
  4. Mtego wa Noti

    Mtego wa Noti JF-Expert Member

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    tena tukimkodi ndio itakuwa poa maana ni kiboko ya hao marafiki zako mafisadi. kuhusu kutesa watu, hilo ni suala la kawaida ktk tasnia ya spies...hata hapa huwa inatokea.
  5. Mdau

    Mdau JF-Expert Member

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    Anaweza kuwa fisadi pia ndo maana hataki siri zake zitoke....na pia mateso sio suala la kawaida mkuu,ni ukatili!!
  6. Kunta Kinte

    Kunta Kinte JF-Expert Member

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    Ni kawaida kama aina ya watu wanaoteswa ni kina Rostam, Chenge, Mgeja na kundi lao!!
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    mzawahalisi JF-Expert Member

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    Bring new things here not this old staff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Naamini nimeifuatilia hii thread miezi kadhaa nyuma tena ilikuwa inamwonyesho huyo Board guard akiwa kazini.
  8. Mawenzi

    Mawenzi JF-Expert Member

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    The source is not clear. When did he escape and to where? Norman Mwambo writes for which paper?? More info pls!!
  9. Zogwale

    Zogwale JF-Expert Member

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    Mimi naomba tu aje hapa ili mafisadi wakione cha moto. Atanationalize vile vijumba vya wazazi wetu walivyojipatia kwa fedha za jasho la watanzania. Itabidi kila mtu aliyepata mali kwa njia za mkato kuelezea alivyojipatia na ukishindwa anarudisha kwa wananchi. Kagame si mbaya kwa kila kitu, anapenda haki pia.

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    Nanu JF-Expert Member

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    Ukatili ni ukatili tu! haijalishi unamkatili nani!
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    Leornado JF-Expert Member

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    Dah japo Rwanda imepiga hatua sana kimaendeleo ila huu ukatili kwa wafuasi wake jeshini hauwezi kuvumiliwa.....asilimia kubwa wanamkacha Kagame kuna nini?
  12. Kinyambiss

    Kinyambiss JF-Expert Member

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    Mtu safi wapi.. He is doing what all dictators do... turn PARANOID... He's just another STALIN and it will cost that little country of his dearly.. This EAC thing cant work when we have Uganda and Rwanda under dictators...
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    Uwezo Tunao JF-Expert Member

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    Many African goverments are dubious sustained on a solid rock of countless HUMAN SKULLS, wrecked in MEGA-CORRUPTION SCANDALS and happily watered with an ever FREE FLOWING HUMAN BLOOD with unimaginable chill of spines behind banker torture chambers ever under lock and keys acroos the continent.

    And we still walk shoulder high into the peace-focused Utined Nation's various international meetings with a gut, recurrently throwing diplomatic smiles to anyone that passes-by, and we are all walking the 21 century alongside the civilised nations in the world.

    United Nations, please wake up from the slamber bed of a reactive organisation to service aftermath human needs into an ever present, accessible and so active in assuring true democracy to millions in Africa who are year to know what the word could exactly be meaning out there.

    Be worry hearing the most chilling tale from this narrow survivor here, and answer to the tears of those who have since passed on with a song of 'Africa will be Free again' decorating their dry mouths.

    From now on let the UN seek to work out modalities that will be allowing OPPOSION PARTIES OF THE WORLD to officially participate in every other UN meetings and activities and you will never believe what you have all along helped INCUBENT PRESIDENTS to sit on as you offer the a one-sided representation under a PLURALISTIC POLITICAL landscape!!!

    Even the voice daily being muzzled in darkness are stakeholders of the United Nations that recurrently contribute to a common kitty that nations annually pay to sustain this global organisation. Seriously thing about this. Africa is CRYING endlessly!! Africa is indeed BLEEDING furiously!! Can't anyone out there pitty our lone voices and do something to make us too ever feel human beings under our own rights???

    Without a tighter regulatory framework re-designing and grass-roots refocusing of United Nations today, most Africans will never let democracy work for all, the imminent civil wars across the continent can still be expected to nourish so well to very rate that we keep blind eye on the emerging challenges of AFRICAN LEADERS INABILITY TO COPE WITH THE TENENTS OF DEMOCRACY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE the least.
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    Mawazo1109 Member

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    I am so disappointed by comments of some people in this forum! Nilitegemea mtu anayejiita Great Thinker angeona a bigger picture portrayed by this story. Na ninashangaa sana kuona kwamba watu wengi wana uelewa finyu sana wa siasa za nchi za Afrika Mashariki, hasa wakati huu tunapoelekea kuungana. Hii ni sawa na mkazi wa Dar es salaam ambaye haelewi lolote kuhusu maisha ya mikoa mingine. Sasa huu ni usomi gani? Jamani jielimisheni, someni kuhusu viongozi wa afrika Mashariki at least, ikiwezekana Afrika na ulimwengu mzima. Vinginevyo mtaendelea kuto comments ambazo zinatoa wasiwasi na usomi wenu.
  15. Mdau

    Mdau JF-Expert Member

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    You are right, show them tafadhali...
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    Gama JF-Expert Member

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    wengi wetu tunashadadia mambo bila kutafuta ukweli, there has never been harmony in rwanda inder PK., hicho kinachosemwa kuwa ni maendeleo hayana manufaa sana bila harmony.
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    TIMING JF-Expert Member

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    aje kwa muda akomeshe mafisadi

    kwa watanzania wanaofanya kazi rwanda, wanakwambia the guy is very good

    kuhusu mauaji, nijuavyo mimi hakuna serikali na haswa africa isiyoua, tumeona hata arusha tu last week, but at least for this one wanauana wenyewe kwa wenyewe na sio raia maskini wasio na uwezo

    tofautisha kati ya normal citizen na circles za rivals wa kitawala
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    boma2000 JF-Expert Member

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    all in all politics ia a dirty game, and the gost for 1994 killings still there
  19. St. Paka Mweusi

    St. Paka Mweusi JF-Expert Member

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    Mnatakiwa kuelewa tu kuwa Kagame huwa hataki upinzani katika lile analoliamini na endapo utajifanya kumpinga basi kifo ni haki yako,kumbuka tu hata kabla ya genocide aliweza kuwaua wote waliokuwa wazembe ndani ya RPF.