South Africa expels Burundi diplomat

A raid on an exiled Rwandan general's Johannesburg home has sparked tit for tat expulsions in three African countries.

    South Africa expels Burundi diplomat
    Former Rwandan army chief General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa survived an assassination attempt in 2010 [AP]

    South Africa has expelled a Burundi diplomat in connection with a raid on an exiled Rwandan general's Johannesburg home, according to a Burundian official.

    The announcement came on Monday and is viewed as part of an ongoing diplomatic spat between South Africa and Rwanda that was sparked by a raid on former Rwandan army chief General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa's home on March 4.

    "The Burundi diplomat is accused of collaborating with suspects," Gervais Abayeho, a senior media adviser for Burundi's presidency, told Reuters news agency.

    "Burundi is reviewing information about South Africa's decision before it can react," Abayeho added.

    South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats last week and Rwanda, which borders Burundi, retaliated by ordering out six South African diplomats.

    The row has strained ties between two of the African states involved in efforts to bring peace to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where South Africa has troops in a UN brigade that fought against rebels last year who UN experts said were backed by Rwanda.

    Opponents or traitors

    A diplomatic source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters last week that South African security services had tracked those involved in the raid on Nyamwasa's house and said they were intelligence personnel linked to Rwanda's embassy.

    Nyamwasa survived an assassination attempt in Johannesburg in 2010.

    South African police have also been investigating the New Year's Eve murder in a Johannesburg hotel of another exiled opponent of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, former Rwandan spy chief Patrick Karegeya.

    Exiled Rwandan opposition members have accused Kagame and his government of killing Karegeya and attacking others critics.

    They deny Kigali's charges that they are behind attacks in Rwanda.

    Kagame and senior Rwandan officials also deny any involvement in the assaults on exiled opponents, but consider them to be traitors.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.