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S. Africa will not extradite Rwanda's renagade generals

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Mar 29, 2010.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    Rwanda’s hopes of having two dissident army generals currently in self-imposed exile extradited from South Africa to face trial appear to have taken a fatal blow after President Jacob Zuma said his country is obliged to follow international laws on asylum.
    South Africa’s President Zuma confirmed to reporters at the end of his two-day state visit to Uganda on Friday that his country had granted asylum to Col. Patrick Karegeya, former director of Rwanda’s external intelligence office, and temporary asylum to Lt. Gen. Kayumba Nyamaswa, an envoy to India.
    The comments came in the wake of reports in Kigali that another top army officer had been put under house arrest over coup plot claims, allegations which the Rwandan government dismissed as hearsay. Rwanda Defence Forces spokesman Maj. Jill Rutaremara dismissed reports that Land Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Charles Kayonga had been arrested in a failed coup attempt on Wednesday.
    Rwanda denies
    “We are tired of those [coup] rumours,” he told Sunday Monitor on telephone from Arusha, Tanzania on Friday. “It is wishful thinkers behind all these baseless rumours but they will be disappointed.” This is the second time reports of a coup plot are coming up in less than a month even though Rwandan leader Paul Kagame said at the beginning of March that a coup is unattainable in Rwanda. The country, preparing for presidential elections this year, has in the last few months experienced isolated cases of bomb explosions in Kigali, which authorities blame on dissident army officers.

    Responding to a reporter’s question over whether South Africa would execute arrest warrants for the two exiled army officers, who Rwanda accuses of subversion, President Zuma said: “Certainly, we are going to be guided by what governs the world in regards to refugee status.” “I don’t think we can do anything outside of that,” said Mr Zuma, who admitted, however, that South Africa had not considered the issue of the two exiled officers in light of the arrest warrants. “Once the matter is formally raised, am sure we shall consider it and arrive at the appropriate conclusion,” he said.
    International law protects individuals who have been granted asylum and considers that a state has no obligation to surrender an alleged criminal to a foreign state because to be granted sanctuary indicates that the state granting asylum regards the individual as being illegally persecuted by the country they fled from. It appears a complicated matter for officials in Kigali especially in light of the absence of an extradition treaty between Rwanda and South Africa.
    Nyamwasa escape
    Lt. Gen. Nyamaswa escaped from Kigali on February 27 and transited through Kampala to Malaba border post before he fled to South Africa, a development that fuelled accusations that Uganda had aided his escape. Kampala and Kigali have had frosty relations characterised by accusations and counter accusations of both countries aiding each other’s dissidents.

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    Nanu JF-Expert Member

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    That is Kagame buidling his legacy in Rwanda. I think his regime are trying to plot the conditions which will deter the elections from being held this year. The plan here it to have Kagame continuing ruliong Rwanda! He was once a Leader but now he is eyeing to be a Ruler!
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    bona JF-Expert Member

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    kuna namna mambo si shwari kule, kwa nini top millitary personnel wakimbie wakati walikua wanakula bata? na izo explosion zinatoka wapi? i think kagame is leading himself to his own destruction, kuongoza serikali ya kuleta amani haitoi sadaka ya yeye kua imperial leader!
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    gen.kayumba nyamwasa replaced
    [​IMG]Lt. Gen. Nyamwasa: Out of the systemFugitive Rwandan General, Kayumba Nyamwasa, has been replaced by William Nkurunziza. Nkurunziza takes over the Indian mission which Nyamwasa abandoned last month and fled for his life claiming the government of President Kagame (pictured) wanted to bump him off.

    He is now hiding in South Africa where fled through Uganda early this month.

    Nkurunziza himself has been out of circulation for over four years after falling out with the Rwanda regime. He had lost his job as Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA) boss. A statement from the Rwanda cabinet confirmed the changes.
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    Bazazi JF-Expert Member

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    Is the beginning of his own fall. Moreover the man is a tyrant