Revocant Karemangingo, the businessman who was gunned down in Mozambique on Monday, was a lieutenant serving in Rwanda’s army that was ousted in 1994. He fled to Mozambique when Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) took over power.
Karemangingo settled in Maputo as a refugee and became a prominent businessman in pharmaceuticals. While in Mozambique, he’s believed to have clandestinely been involved in politics in Rwanda. However the head of the Rwandan refugees association in Mozambique, Cleophas Habiyaremye, denies this, saying that Karemangingo was just a refugee doing his business for a living.
Karemangingo was a suspect in the assassination of Louis Baziga the former leader of the pro-Rwandan government Diaspora Association in Mozambique, who was shot dead in Maputo in August 2019. However, Mr Habiyaremye told the BBC that Mr Karemangingo had been cleared by courts on the suspected role in Baziga’s killing.