How Col Karegeya has proved a dead man can indeed tell a tale

By Henry D Gombya

Speaking from the dead? Col Patrick Karegeya who was murdered a week ago today in Johannesburg
Speaking from the dead? Col Patrick Karegeya who was murdered a week ago today in Johannesburg

Dead Men Tell No Tales is a saying that has existed for a long time, and which American actor Clint Eastwood often used in many of his spaghetti westerns. But it wasn’t extremely popular until it became famous through the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland, in which a pirate-ish skull and crossed bones on the wall utters this very phrase, among other things. Basically, what it means is that to keep something quiet, kill anyone who knows about it and, since that person is dead, it would be pretty much impossible for them to tell your secret.

But former Rwandan external intelligence chief, Patrick Karegeya seems to have once and for all buried this myth and may now have relegated it to history by proving that, you know what, dead men after all, do actually tell tales these days. Having been mercilessly silenced allegedly by a group of assassins from Rwanda who enticed him to meet them at a Johannesburg upmarket Hotel on New Year’s Eve and left after strangling him, the former Director General of Rwanda’s external intelligence seems to be speaking from the dead as his thoughts shortly before he died exposes one of the West’s most admired African leader as a cruel, murderous and calculating killer who has used the West’s failure to stop the Rwanda genocide in 1994 to his own advantage.

In a letter that he wrote to a friend in the United States, a copy of which The London Evening Post has obtained, Col Karegeya, a Makerere University law graduate who, together with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, joined a band of fighters that helped Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni come to power in 1986, is today laying bare the inner working of the Kagame regime in Rwanda and how the ‘darling of the West’ has used repression to stay in power.

Writing clearly with passion for his country which is tinged with Christian values, and verging on the need for reconciliation by all, and also showing a great command of the English language, Col Karegeya says: “The RPF (Rwanda Patriotic Front) government relies on a wide range of laws, administrative practises and terror to restrict citizens’ enjoyment of political freedoms.” He adds: “Institutions of the State continue to subject real and imagined critics of government to a wide range of human rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, detentions and involuntary disappearances and extrajudicial killings.”

6 thoughts on “How Col Karegeya has proved a dead man can indeed tell a tale

  • January 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    Kagame is skilled at that.

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  • January 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm
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    African leaders will have to learn to do better than killing those they do not agree with thinking it is a solution. If it were a solution, Africa would have been the best, safest and peaceful continent considering how many have been killed since the end of colonialism. Kenya killed Tom Mboya, Congo killed Patrice Lumumba, Uganda killed Benedicto Kiwanuka, Tanzania killed Ndugu Edward Sokoine to mentioned just a few and yet these countries can not produce a better report than those that do not engage in killing their opponents such as Botswana. For the first time since Berlin in 1885 Africans are beginning to realize that after political independence they should have done away with those artificial borders as well as the marriage of convenience imposed on African tribes…Suddenly the lid is off where a Nuer says, you are a Dinka, we can not work together politically and a Kikuyu says you are a Luo stay in Kisumu, Nairobi is not yours. If African leaders think by killing those who think differently is a solution, they are gravely mistaken. They might as well borrow nuclear weapons and nuke everybody on the continent once and for all.

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  • January 10, 2014 at 11:27 am
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    Was patrick karegeya among of those who stopped genocide really ???????

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    • January 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm
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      No Karegeya never went to the bush to fight, neither took arms, if it is what you are looking for. But there was other tasks to be filled in.

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  • January 13, 2016 at 10:46 am
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    The dead man tale, so you say? How can one prove he said whatever you allege while remains breathless? One wonders why he never exposed such while he was still alive and indeed active in the so called Kagame reign as if this Kagame robs white people whose anger escalates on a daily basis as though it was their (obscenity deleted) concern! Writers of such filth pieces are hereby urged to visit Rwanda, interview Rwandans living in Rwanda and observe what happens around by themselves; thus they’ll tell a lively story not from mysterious dead men. This I personally think its an insult to Rwandans whose choices are reasonable in accordance with their realities.

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  • January 18, 2016 at 6:19 am
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    Karegeya:
    Yes he is dead and Rwanda is booming but this does not take away the fact that Kagame presided over many inocent killings in uganda hence his name “Pilato”. His office in kampala as the chief of miltary inteligence dominated by Tutsi-Nyaru was not a place to see the light again once you were named to being “Kipingamizi”.
    On the dead bodies of Ugandans he stands , on the dead bodies of Hutus he stands and on the dead bodies of kids and helpless women and old in Congo, the Kagame Rwanda is rightly as pt by Luciana is flourishing. Dead bodies build a nation??!!!
    It takes killers to take that path and they live for some time before joining thier victims, the Karyegera’s, the Kayira (Kagame’s victim becuase he questioned the role of Tutsi in Ugandan Army).
    There should be a paradigm change, peaceful transfer of power as a solution to develpment…..

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