Maputo — After initially denying knowledge of the case, the Mozambican police on Tuesday said they have arrested four people suspected of involvement in the murder in South Africa of Patrick Karegeya, the exiled former head of Rwandan intelligence.
Joao Machava, spokesperson for the General Command of the Mozambican police, told the independent newsheet “Mediafax” that the four suspects are currently being held in police cells in Maputo, while the procedures are under way which will lead to their deportation to South Africa.
“All I can tell you right now about this matter is that the group remains detained in Maputo, waiting for the legal procedures required to take them back to where the crime was committed”, said Machava.
Among the group is a senior official in the Rwandan armed forces, Lt-Col Francis Gakwerere.
Machava gave no details as to exactly when and where the four suspects had been detained. But it is believed that the Mozambican police were acting on a tip-off from their South African counterparts.
Karegeya's body was found on 1 January in a hotel in Sandton, a luxury Johannesburg suburb. A Rwandan opposition party, the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) claimed he had been strangled by agents of the government of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Karegaya was once a friend of Kagame, and they fought together in the Rwanda Patriotic Front, which overthrew the genocidal Hutu supremacist regime in 1994. From 1994 to 2004 he was Director General of External Intelligence in the Rwandan armed forces. But he was then arrested, and served an 18 month sentence for alleged desertion and insubordination. He fled Rwanda in 2007.