How Patrick Karegeya got in bed with Kabuga

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 19 May 2020 at 10:23

In his 26 years of trying to hide away from the long arm of the law, Félicien Kabuga has stealthily slipped out of hands of the security and intelligence agencies on a number of occasions. But the hunting did not stop. Among the traitors that tipped him when his arrest was only a matter of seconds was Patrick Karegeya who once led Rwanda’s External Intelligence Service

As of May 16, he was one of the most wanted people in the world and the United States had set placed a bounty of $ 5 million for anyone who would provide information leading to his location and arrest.

His search has reached a point beyond the human mind, and the story begins to unfold without explanation. Because of the way he escaped shortly before his arrest.

Now his tricks are over!

One of the first failed arrest was in 2010. He used his fortune through Patrick Karegeya, who was in charge of foreign intelligence to escape. It was a relationship that had begun when Karegeya helped Kabuga’s children return their father’s property.

Karegeya returned Kabuga’s children their father’s property

In 2011, the Rwandan prosecution said that Col Patrick Karegeya was involved in the return of property to Kabuga’s children.

Kabuga’s two children, Donatien Nshimyumuremyi is known as Nshima and Séraphine Uwimana came to Rwanda between October and December 2003 to claim the property of her father’s fortune.

At the time, Karegeya got involved, and engaged a military attache at the Rwandan Embassy in Belgium, Janvier Mabuye, signing a letter authorizing the Kabuga children to be entitled to their father’s property.

The letters offering powers of attorney presented by Nshimyumuremyi were signed by Kabuga’s wife, Josephine Mukazitoni, while the one presented by Séraphine Uwimana was signed by Félicité Mukademali, one of Kabuga’s children.

Former Prosecution Spokesman Alain Mukurarinda said at the time in 2003 Karegeya influenced the return of Kabuga’s property to his children. He also paid their hotel bills for the time they stayed in Kigali, amounting to Rwf5 million.

The property they were given at the time included a building adjacent to City Plaza in the city center and a building that housed the Bank yabaturage in Muhima.

The two buildings were in Kabuga’s name, and a lease was signed between the tenants and Donatien Nshimyumuremyi and opened an account with BCDI, [the current Ecobank] so that tenants would credit the said account.

During their stay in Kigali, they lived in the Hotel de Mille Collines and at departure, an invoice was sent to the National External Investigation Agency for settlement.
The money was paid on February 25, 2004, by cheque number 438099 signed by Patrick Karegeya.

Kabuga’s children also stayed at the Gorilla Hotel and the invoice was sent to the National External Investigation Agency, on the same day in February the second payment was made to the check number 466952 signed by Karegeya.

Upon realizing this, the Prosecution immediately ordered that the property be re-confiscated along with all his bank accounts under the provisions of the law.

Mukurarinda that time said it was a shame that one of the properties had been returned to Kabuga without te knowledge of the Attorney General’s Office.

Karegeya once warned Kabuga and he escaped justice

In October 2010, the Rwandan Armed Forces accused Karegeya of obstructing the activities of the Government and the International Community for the arrest of Félicien Kabuga.

Former Rwandan Military Spokesperson Lt Col Jill Rutaremara and Gen Richard Rutatina, who was President Kagame’s Security Adviser, described how Kabuga paid Karegeya money in exchange for a tip-off that enabled him to flee from Kenya.
"What most people know is that Karegeya betrayed the country by protecting Félicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted genocide suspects," Former Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said.

She said that when he fled, it became clear that he was working with the Kabuga family to help him continue to avoid trial, and that the other would give him money as a reward for the help he had given him.

That’s how Kabuga lived for the past 26 years, day by day hiding, and spending money to find those who could help him escape.

President Paul Kagame in 2019 said Kabuga’s disappearance was a mystery, stressing that in any case, there were people who were helping him so that justice would not take hold of him.

Kabuga has been fleeing various countries trying to hide from justice while also using false names. He lived in Kenya, Norway in Oslo, Germany in Frankfurt, Brussels in Belgium, and Paris in France where he was arrested.

Among the traitors that tipped Félicien Kabuga when his arrest was only a matter of seconds was Patrick Karegeya who once led Rwanda’s External Intelligence Service