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Monday, 13 January 2014

The curse of blood persists over Rwanda: When Rwandans foolishly think that Museveni can protect them against Kagame: Museveni, Kagame and police chiefs in regional security talks: Karegeya’s burial for Saturday in South Africa after government of Uganda refused his burial in Uganda

And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? 10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.( Genesis 4: 9-13)

all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword(Matthew 26:52)

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Museveni, Kagame and police chiefs in regional security talks

By Andrew Bagala

Posted  Monday, January 13   2014 at  02:00
In Summary
Hoped for. The meetings aim at finding ways to stop contemporary forms of violence from destabilising their respective countries.

President Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame will discuss security at a meeting in Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park today.
The two leaders will be joined by police chiefs from at least 16 countries for a two-day retreat where they will discuss the prevention of similar events as unfolded in the Arab countries that led to change of governments.

The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, said the two leaders had confirmed attendance of East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) retreat.
“At the end of the retreat, we expect concrete proposals on effectively preventing or when we fail, stopping contemporary forms of violence from destabilising our respective countries. Without security and stability, there cannot be development,” Gen Kayihura said last Friday.

The retreat will be held under the theme “challenges of contemporary policing in the Eastern Africa region and beyond: Managing violence and cyber crime ”.

The meeting comes at a time when there is growing concerns about human right abuses by the police with civil society blaming the force for using brutal force during demonstrations.
The EAPCCO members will also discuss topics, including understanding and managing contemporary violence, with a focus on the wave of violence and instability that rocked North Africa and its implications and the role of technology in security and stability.

The Arab springs in North Africa and the Middle East ejected three presidents, including Muammar Gaddafi and Hosni Mubarak that had led their countries for decades, out of power.
It is alleged that the protests were coordinated on social media.

Gen Kayihura said they will also get proposals on effective use of technology to support policing and security, especially cyber crime.

Karegeya’s burial for Saturday in South Africa 
Publish Date: Jan 13, 2014

By Moses Walubiri
THE family of slain Rwanda’s ex-spy chief, Patrick Karegeya, has finally released burial arrangement indicating that his remains will be buried in South Africa on Saturday after holding a requiem mass at St Stephens Church, Bukoto tomorrow.

Karegeya was found dead in Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton Michelangelo Hotel on New Year’s Eve in circumstances that preliminary investigations point to murder.
 According to sources privy to investigations, the Rwandese émigré might have been strangled, with a rope and bloodied towel found in the hotel room safe.

Although the family had already decided to bury the former NRA fighter in South Africa after failing to get clearance from government to intern his remains in his birthplace of Rwenjuru, Mbarara District, the date of burial and other finer details remained a matter of conjecture as family and friends conferred.
“Karegeya will be buried in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday 18th. There will also be a service on Tuesday 14th at St Stephens Church, Bukoto at 11am,” Karegeya’s wife, Leah Kabuto told New Vision yesterday.

In the wake of Karegeya’s demise, State minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, indicated that government was amenable to have his remains buried in Uganda.

However, a few days later, government, through Minister of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Fred Opolot, backpedalled on its earlier position, forcing Karegeya’s family to make what his wife described as “painful and difficult decision” of burying his remains in South Africa.

“As a family, we have taken a difficult decision to have him laid to rest in Johannesburg, South Africa on a day and date I shall make known to you all later,” Kabuto said.
Karegeya fled to South Africa following accusations of indiscipline that saw him stripped of his rank of colonel and a stint in jail.

 Karegeya was born in Rubare, Ntungamo in 1960 to a family of Rwandan refugees. Later the family migrated to Isingiro and in 1985 they again migrated to Rwenjeru.

Since his death, relatives and friends have been flocking to Rwenjeru village to commiserate with the family.
Family members last interacted with him in 2009 when he came for Christmas celebrations. They said he had been helping them even when he was in exile in South Africa.

An alumni of Makerere University (LLB), Karegeya was charged with treason in 1982 for allegedly recruiting youths into NRA that had launched a guerrilla war in Luwero.
Upon his release in 1985 following Obote’s ouster, Karegeya joined the NRA.

Later, he was instrumental in the formation of the Rwandese Patriotic Army (RPA) in the early 1990s. He was appointed the head of External security - a docket he held for 10 years before fleeing into exile.

Family stranded with Karegeya’s body in S.Africa

Former Rwandan spy-master late Col Patrick Karegeya. The Uganda government yesterday said his body can be returned to Uganda for burial.  PHOTO | FILE 

Posted  Monday, January 6  2014 at  13:17
In Summary
  • Col Karegeya’s brother Ernest Mugabo told The Sunday Monitor yesterday that the body was being kept in a private mortuary waiting for clearance from Kampala.Kampala. The South African government released the body of former Rwanda spymaster Col Patrick Karegeya but the family is still stuck with it in Johannesburg because they have not received clearance from the Uganda government to bring it in the country for burial.
Col Karegeya’s brother Ernest Mugabo told The Sunday Monitor yesterday that the body was being kept in a private mortuary waiting for clearance from Kampala.
“The body has been handed over to us. It is in a private mortuary but we are stuck because the government of Uganda has not cleared us to bring it for burial. We do not know what to do,” he said.
Col Karegeya, 53, was discovered dead on a bed in Johannesburg’s luxurious Michelangelo Towers Hotel room on New Year’s Day, prompting accusations that Rwandan president Paul Kagame was behind the assassination. The Rwandan government has dismissed the claim.
On Thursday, Col Karegeya’s family in Uganda appealed to the government to allow the body to be buried in Uganda. Col Karegeya has a home in Biharwe, Kashari County in Mbarara District.
Mr David Batenga, the deceased’s nephew to whom the South African government released the body, said consultations were still ongoing and a final funeral programme would be released later in the day.
This newspaper understands that preliminary findings of the postmortem done at Johannesburg General Hospital were inconclusive and experts there had extracted additional samples from the body for further toxicological analysis to determine the exact cause of death.
The Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Mr Fred Opolot, said yesterday that the Uganda government would first consult the Rwandan Embassy in Kampala since Col Karegeya was a Rwandan citizen.