Freed Rwandan spy chief quietly arrives back home from the UK

HOME AT LAST: Gen Karenzi Karake arrives at Kigali International Airport

HOME AT LAST: Gen Karenzi Karake with a few close family members shortly after his arrival at Kigali International Airport

Thousands of Rwandans had planned to throng Kigali International Airport to receive their “Hero” Gen. Karenzi Karake aka KK, Head of Rwanda’s Intelligence Services who has been under restrictive bail in the UK for the last two months following his arrest in June.

General Karake, whose case was dropped by the a London court earlier this week, was arrested by London Met Police acting in accordance with the European Arrest Warrants issued by the Spanish Authorities in 2008 against General Karenzi and 39 other current and former high ranking officers of the Rwandan military for their alleged mass revenge killings in the wake of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

After his sudden release by the authorities in the UK, Rwandans celebrated but the grand moment was his highly anticipated homecoming. In spy style however, the general disappointed many by arriving in Rwanda almost unannounced and unnoticed save for a few select media outlets, family and government officials that received him early Thursday morning.

Information had circulated around social media, suggesting that the spy chief would be in the country by 9am, but most Rwandans who had expressed interest in receiving their “Hero” were disappointed when they learned of the news that Gen. Karake had arrived earlier than anticipated.

“Gen. #KK Wacu (ours) homebound, now out of British airspace!!” Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said on twitter.

One of the waiting citizens, like Jean Tuyishimire asked in a reply tweet “Good news to our KK so when he arrive Kanombe airport? I wish to be there to welcome KK”

Apparently Karake arrived at Kigali international airport about 8am this Thursday, and was received by select media houses and family members and his legal team which included Rwanda’s Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye.

“Karake’s arrest and subsequent release has many relevant lessons for Rwanda because it clearly demonstrates and reminds us that our dignity as a people is constantly at stake,” one Richard Karugarama, a Rwandan Lawyer said.

Karake had been in the United Kingdom on official duties before being arrested and detained at Heathrow Airport in June.

His arrest has strained diplomatic relations between Rwanda and the UK.

The Rwandan government and public reacted angrily at his “shocking arrest” and had maintained his innocence.