Former RDF Major Gunned Down In Rwanda


malady geneva;”>The motionless body of Maj John Sengati, thumb the manager of John Sengati Limited, a mining company dealing in coltan, was found in a pool of blood on Saturday morning.

The incident occurred at around 7:45 am in Gishyeshye village, Rukoma sector.

Rwanda National Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege was today quoted by New Times as saying Sengati’s murder could have been triggered by financial conflicts between him and other company members.

He was apparently in his vehicle enroute to Kigali from his mining site in Rukoma when assailants ambushed him and shot him in the head and chest.

“So far four people have been arrested in connection with Sengati’s murder and investigations are still underway,” ACP Badege said, adding that all those arrested are members of John Sengati Limited.

“The cause of the bloody incident could have resulted from conflicts linked to money generated by the company,” he added.

Sources told Chimpreports Sengati was hugely respected in the Rwanda Defence Forces, considering that he participated in the Liberation war that toppled the genocidal regime of President Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994.

He also served as an aide to fugitive General Kayumba Nyamwasa from 1993 to 2001 and later Commander of a force created from within the Ministry of Defence to protect high profile officials.

The murder left Sengati’s relatives in shock and raised fresh worries of insecurity in the area due to cutthroat competition in the mining sector.

Recently, Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi told Parliament that currently, there are 547 mines in Rwanda.

Exploration activities on mines in Rwanda started in 1909, but it was not until 1930 that mining activities were launched with 21 concessions across the country.

In 2012, mining accounted for 28 percent of Rwanda’s exports, second only to tourism. Tea accounted for 14 percent while coffee accounted for 12.6 percent of all exports.

The Prime Minister said government was committed to supporting and investing in the mining sector, with the hope that annual production will triple from $136m to $ 409 m by 2017.

The mining sector in Rwanda currently employs 20,000 people in addition to those working in mining concessions.


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