Rwandans raise over Rwf 800 million for Spy Chief’s bail

General Karenzi Karake is due to reappear in in London court Thursady

General Karenzi Karake can not leave the United Kingdom

Rwandans have thus far raised Rwf 822 million toward Gen. Karenzi Karake’s bail fees.

UK authorities arrested Karenzi Karake, head of Rwanda’s national intelligence and security services, last month on behalf of authorities in Spain.

A London has since released Karake on a £1 million (about Rwf1.2 billion) bond but he is still barred from leaving the UK.

London police was acting on the European Union arrest warrants issued by a Spanish Judge in 2008 for Gen. Karenzi and other 39 current and former high ranking officers in the Rwandan military.

Rwanda’s intelligence Chief General Karenzi Karake and the army officers are wanted in Spain for allegedly masterminding mass “revenge” killings in the wake of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda.

As soon as bail was set. Rwandans swung into action mobilising resources to support the embattled general.

The Private Sector Federation (PSF) took the first initiative, launching the fund June 26, they have now announced a Rwf822 million contribution from different Private sector associations countrywide.

Kigabiro PSF in Rwamagana district announced Rwf2.3million contribution to the fund pool this Tuesday.

The funds are being collected under the campaign dubbed “Ishema Ryacu” (Our Pride), the campaign involving Rwandan’s in Rwanda and in the Diaspora is aimed at expressing support for Gen. Karake but also protest his arrest and demand his freedom thus prevent his extradition to Spain to face charges.

The funds are being channeled through bank accounts in Bank of Kigali (BK) and Bank Populaire Rwanda (BPR).

Stephen Ruzibiza, the PSF board chairman said the funds collected so far, show that Rwandans are determined to fight for their dignity even amidst hard times, Rwandan will thrive over situations like this one.

Some Rwandans however, wonder where all this money is going given the fact that the government has already bailed Karenzi out.

“Where is this money going? is the government trying to refund itself? if Karenzi is released, and bail is refunded, is this money going to be refunded as well? Jean Ndayishimiye, a concerned Rwandan told this website

Rwanda and President Paul Kagame have been angered by the general’s arrest to the extent of equating to slavery and colonialism and the existing racism against blacks in the United States.

“How can you arrest our official without any basis of arrest? They (UK) don’t have any reason and ground for the arrest and this shouldn’t have happened in the first place.” A visibly irritated Kagame told parliamentarians and government officials in Kigali last month.

The general’s arrest on the other hand, has been welcomed and celebrated by the opposition and human rights organisations especially those outside Rwanda.