Seif Bamporiki, Rwandan opposition figure, assassinated in South Africa


In 2010, another RNC member, a former army chief named Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, was shot and wounded in Johannesburg.

The murders of Rwandan dissidents in South Africa had sparked diplomatic tensions between the two countries, including the expulsion of diplomats, before a thaw in relations under current South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Lunga Ngqengelele, spokesman for South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said South Africa and Rwanda continue to enjoy “good industrial relations”.

On the murder of Mr. Bamporiki, Mr. Ngqengelele said: “The police are leading us and so far they have not indicated that it is a political murder.”

Beyond South Africa, critics of the Rwandan government have also come under fire elsewhere. In Kenya, a former minister was shot and killed in 1998 months after he said he feared for his life. In Belgium, the mutilated body of a former government official was found floating in a canal in 2005.

And last August, after an elaborate ruse that Kagame called “impeccable,” Paul Rusesabagina, a critic of the government who was credited with saving 1,268 lives during the Rwandan genocide, was arrested and charged with terrorism. That case has generated worldwide condemnation.

In Bamporiki’s case, the man who apparently lured him to death had been calling him constantly for a week, insisting that he wanted to buy a bed from his store, Mutabazi, the RNC spokesman said on Monday. Bamporiki was at a party conference in Johannesburg at the time, but did not suspect anything adverse, Mutabazi said.

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