Killed Kagame bodyguard first exiled in Uganda

Ariel view of Cape Town


Camille Nkurunziza, a former bodyguard of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, was shot dead Thursday afternoon, May 30, in the city of Cape Town, South Africa.

 Nukurunziza had become an opponent of the Rwandan head of state and lived in exile for almost 20 years.

He was killed in his car, but the details are still unclear.

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Camille Nkurunziza was shot dead Thursday at around 4:30 pm in an eastern part of the city of Cape Town.

Rwandan citizen, former close to President Kagame, he had become a simple taxi driver.

According to preliminary police reports, the vehicle he was in had been robbed, and the police chased the vehicle.

Then came an exchange of gunfire, two people died including Camille Nkurunziza.

According to the pictures taken on the scene, Nkurunziza was at the back of the vehicle.

Was he shot dead by the police? Was he the victim of a car robbery that went wrong? Or was he the target of an abduction because of his political activities?

An investigation was opened by the South African police.

One thing is certain, this former bodyguard of the Rwandan head of state had gone into exile, Uganda first, then South Africa where he lived with his wife and four children.

Sgt Camille Nkurunziza

In exile, he joined the opposition.

The RNC first, the Rwanda National Congress of General Kayumba Nyamwasa, former head of the Rwandan intelligence services, who also lives in South Africa and who escaped in 2010 an assassination attempt in Johannesburg.

Then he was part of the Callixte Nsabimana National Liberation Front, currently held in Kigali.

Two movements are accused by Rwanda of complicity in terrorist acts.



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