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Kigali's Hit Squad Strikes Again in South Africa

Mr. Ntwali was taken to a trauma unit in a South African Hospital where his condition remains critical.

Frank Ntwali
Frank Ntwali, Chairman of the African region of the Rwandan National Congress (RNC)

(WASHINGTON DC) - Frank Ntwali, Chairman of the African region of the Rwandan National Congress (RNC) was stabbed multiple times today in South Africa near OR Tambo International Airport.

Three men came from behind his vehicle posing as police officers in plain clothes after first signaling for the vehicle to pull over. The men spoke in a local South African dialect and English.

Once the three men approached the car they first verbally confirmed that he was indeed Frank Ntwali then attempted to force him out of his vehicle. One man grabbed his arms while another man stabbed him in the back, shoulder, legs, and lower abdomen near the kidneys. The three men then took the keys to the vehicle and fled the scene.

The driver was left unharmed and no valuables were taken. This is an obvious sign that the intention was to kill Frank Ntwali and delay medical care. Should it have been a robbery valuables would have been taken.

General Kayumba Nyamwasa

Mr. Ntwali was taken to a trauma unit in a South African Hospital where his condition remains critical. Reports out of South Africa are that he is awake and speaking. Mr. Ntwali is the brother-in-law to General Kayumba Nyamwasa who survived an assassination attempt two years ago which left him with a bullet lodged in his spine. While hospitalized for the shooting another attempt was made on General Nyamwasa’s life but was also unsuccessful.

The police in South Africa are searching for the assailants of the attempted murder against Mr. Ntwali and are scheduled to give a press conference regarding the matter on Thursday August 22, 2012. No known arrests have been made regarding this matter.

General Nyamwasa confirmed the incident to this writer today and the RNC made a brief press statement regarding the matter calling on its members to continue to stand against the dictatorial regime of Paul Kagame and not to be intimidated. The statement ensures that further details will be communicated as soon as there are new developments in the ongoing investigations.

General Nyamwasa is currently the plaintiff in the case of his attempted assassination and the trial resumed this week. Rwanda has two major publications that are sponsored by the government, The New Times and Igihe.

This week in the online Igihe publication there was a story in Kinyarwanda that stated the police officers who were testifying in the Nyamwasa case that Frank Ntwali was the one who arrested those were accused of the shooting in the Nymwasa assassination attempt and they further lied and stated that the police witness on the stand confused himself as he thought that Mr. Ntwali was a police officer as he was with the organized crime unit, in other words he misled the police.

It is suspicious that Igihe reported this matter and the next day Mr. Ntwali faced the assassination attempt.

As General Nyamwasa’s assailants were caught so will those of Mr. Ntwali.

This week SADC sent an urgent message to Rwanda telling them to stop supporting rebels in the D.R. Congo ( further straining the relations between the two countries.


Jennifer Fierberg is a social worker in the US working on peace and justice issues in Africa with an emphasis on the crisis in Rwanda and throughout the central region of Africa. Her articles have been published on many humanitarian sites that are also focused on changing the world through social, political and personal action.

Jennifer has extensive background working with victims of trauma and domestic violence, justice matters as well as individual and family therapy. Passionate and focused on bringing the many humanitarian issues that plague the African Continent to the awareness of the developed world in order to incite change. She is a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer is also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village ( Jennifer comes to with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa.




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Agaculama August 30, 2012 9:15 am (Pacific time)

All my best wishes of quick healing to Frank Ntwali, and support to his family. Rwandans will have peace when Truth and Justice will do their job and duty in the actual Rwandan dictatorship.

Nsengimana daniel August 22, 2012 9:12 pm (Pacific time)

May GOD be with him, we need change in Rwanda and we know that some will be victims but we have to do something.

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