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Rwanda Opposition Figure Is Killed in South Africa

In 2010, one other member of the R.N.C., a former military chief named Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, was shot and wounded in Johannesburg.

The killings of Rwandan dissidents in South Africa had led to diplomatic strains between the 2 international locations, together with the expulsion of diplomats, earlier than a thaw in relations below the present South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Lunga Ngqengelele, a spokesman for South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation, stated that South Africa and Rwanda proceed to get pleasure from “good working relations.”

Of Mr. Bamporiki’s killing, Mr. Ngqengelele stated, “We are being led by the police, and so far they have not indicated that this is a political killing.”

Beyond South Africa, Rwandan authorities critics have additionally been focused elsewhere. In Kenya, a former minister was shot useless in 1998 months after he stated he was afraid for his life. In Belgium, a former authorities official’s mangled physique was discovered floating in a canal in 2005.

And final August, after an elaborate ruse that Mr. Kagame referred to as “flawless,” Paul Rusesabagina, a authorities critic who was credited for saving 1,268 lives in the course of the Rwandan genocide, was arrested and charged with terrorism. That case has drawn worldwide condemnation.

In the case of Mr. Bamporiki, the person who ostensibly lured him to his dying had been calling him persistently for every week, insistent that he wished to purchase a mattress from his store, Mr. Mutabazi, the R.N.C. spokesman, stated on Monday. Mr. Bamporiki was at a celebration convention in Johannesburg on the time, however didn’t suspect something untoward, Mr. Mutabazi stated.

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