Karegeya inquest in SA sours relations with Rwanda


By IVAN R. MUGISHA
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South Africa’s inquest into the 2013 murder of exiled former head of Rwanda intelligence Patrick Karegeya, to begin on Wednesday, could further stress relations between the two countries.

The inquest will involve testimony from 30 witnesses, and may lead to criminal charges, according to South African Senior Prosecutor Yusuf Baba.

The decision by South African prosecutors to go ahead with the inquest was made five years after investigations into his murder had stalled.

However, the timing of the decision to conduct the inquest is seen by officials in Kigali as a ploy by exiled Rwandan groups. Officials think the goal of the judge’s move is intended to disrupt efforts to repair relations between South Africa and Rwanda.

Mid last month, Rwanda said it had…

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