Johannesburg - Three Rwandan nationals have been arrested
for the murder of the country's former spy chief Patrick Karegeya, The New Age
reported on Wednesday.
Karegeya, 53, had been living in exile in South Africa for a
number of years. He was found dead in the Michelangelo Towers Hotel in Sandton,
Johannesburg, last Wednesday.
Private investigator Chad Thomas told the paper that
Rwanda's Lieutenant Colonel Francis Gakwere was among those arrested in a hotel
in Maputo, Mozambique, for Karegeya's murder.
"Gwakere was also a prime suspect in the failed hit on
General Kayumba Nyamwasa in 2010 but there was insufficient evidence to allow
the charges to stick," Thomas was quoted as saying.
Three other suspects were still on the run.
According to The New Age, Rwandan exiles in Mozambique alerted
local police to the presence of the suspects in the country. They are believed
to be part of a hit squad targeting opposition party members.
Karegeya's nephew David Batenga said he last saw his uncle
with a close family friend Apollo Kiririsi at the hotel.
The New Age reported that Kiririsi had since been seen in
Rwanda and had denied any involvement in the killing.
Former Rwandan army chief-of-staff Lieutenant General Kayumba
Nyamwasa and others have accused Rwandan President Paul Kagame of ordering
Kagame has denied the claims.