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Patrick Karegeya: Three arrested for murder of Rwandan dissident

Cape Town, South Africa - Three Rwandan nationals have reportedly been arrested for the murder of Rwanda's former spy chief, Patrick Karegeya, PANA reported from here Wednesday.

Karegeya’s body was discovered in a luxury Johannesburg hotel on New Year’s Day and indications are that he had been strangled.

The suspects were reportedly arrested in Mozambique on Tuesday and it is unclear where the suspects are being held.

Private investigator Chad Thomas was quoted by media sources as saying that one of the suspects is Lt.-Col. Francis Gakwere, a prime suspect in the failed hit on Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa in 2010.

From 1994 to 2004, Karegeya was Director General, External Intelligence in the Rwandan Defence Forces. He was stripped of his rank of Colonel in 2006 by a military tribunal after which he fled the country in 2007.

Meanwhile, the Ugandan government has denied a request to have Karegeya buried in the Mbara district where he was born and where his parents still live.

As a result, he will now be buried in South Africa, his family confirmed.

'The deceased was a citizen of the Republic of Rwanda and resident in South Africa at the time of his death. Therefore, burial arrangements should be made in one of those countries,' the Ugandan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Pana 08/01/2014