Renegade Rwandan general shot and wounded

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The Independent Online

A Rwandan general accused of terrorism in his homeland was shot and wounded in South Africa, his wife said, blaming Rwanda's rulers.

Lieutenant General Kayumba Nyamwasa's wife, Rosette, interviewed at a hospital in Johannesburg, said she and her husband were returning from shopping to the upscale gated community where they live in northern Johannesburg when a lone gunman fired on him.

She said her husband was shot in the stomach and doctors tell her he will make a full recovery. The gunman escaped.

South African police said they have no information on the shooting. A South African foreign ministry official referred questions to police.

In Rwanda, Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said her government was unaware of the shooting.

Rosette Nyamwasa said she has no proof, but suspected politics was the motive because the gunman did not try to rob her and her husband. She said Rwandan President Paul Kagame has publicly threatened her family.

The Rwandan government linked Lt Gen Nyamwasa, who came to South Africa earlier this year, to three grenade attacks in Rwanda's capital on February 19. The attacks in central Kigali killed one person and injured 30.

The Rwandan government accused Lt Gen Nyamwasa of trying to destabilise Rwanda - while he was in the country, and while he was in India, where he recently served as Rwanda's ambassador.

South African police said earlier this year they had not arrested Lt Gen Nyamwasa because they do not have an extradition treaty with Rwanda.