Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

7 March 2014

Rwanda Expels Six South African Diplomats

Photo: ikazeiwacu.unblog
Rwandan dissident Patrick Karegeya was assassinated in South Africa last year (file photo).

The government has expelled six South African diplomats in retaliation for expulsion of Rwandan diplomats by South Africa.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo confirmed on her twitter handle that the South African diplomats were ordered to leave Rwanda in 'reciprocity' and added that it was also because of 'South Africa harboring of dissidents responsible for terrorist attacks in Rwanda.'

The South African government has refused to extradite Rwandan fugitive Kayumba Nyamwasa who fled to South Africa and has been accused of being the brains behind several grenade attacks in the country. Others, such as the recently murdered Patrick Karegeya, also lived freely on South African soil. The murder has so far not been solved.

The Rwandan diplomats were expelled from South Africa after an attack in that country on the home of Nyamwasa, although no details have been given by South African police on the circumstances.

It is not yet clear which Rwandan diplomats were expelled by the South African government.

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