Kagame 'wants me dead'
A general who was once a top aide of Rwandan President Paul Kagame but is now among his most prominent critics yesterday said Kagame ordered the killing of the previous president that sparked Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa made the accusation in his testimony in Johannesburg during the trial of six men - three Rwandans and three Tanzanians - accused of attempting to kill him in South Africa in 2010.
The shooting raised suspicions that Rwanda's government had deployed hit teams to eliminate dissidents abroad.
Asked why the accused might have wanted him dead, Nyamwasa described a breakdown in his relationship with Kagame.
"I ran out of the country because my life was threatened," he said.
He was shot a few months after his arrival in South Africa in 2010.
Rwanda's government has denied involvement in the attempted murder.
Nyamwasa said another Rwandan exiled in South Africa allowed him to listen to a telephone call in which a top Rwandan army official said he was looking for someone to help "eliminate" Nyamwasa.
Nyamwasa said he reported the conversation to South African authorities but security around him was stepped up only after the shooting.