Lt. Abdul Ruzibiza, key witness in Habyarimana’s plane shooting, is dead
Kigali: The key French witness in the alleged shooting down of President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane, Lt. Joshua Abdul Ruzibiza is dead.
Ruzibiza, 40, died Thursday of natural causes in a hospital in Oslo-Norway where he has been exiled for more than 10 years.
The father of five suddenly sprung in the news with the publication of a damning book ‘L’histoire secrete’ in which he was critical of President Kagame and the ruling RPF party. The book among many accusations claims the RPF was behind the downing of President Habyarimana plane on April 06 1994 – which culminated into the Genocide against Tutsis.
Ruzibiza became a key witness of French Judge Jean Louis Bruguiere who indicted 9 Rwandan officials in November 2006 over the shooting of the plane.
However, last year, Ruzibiza took the airwaves with another surprise – withdrawing the allegation that RPF was behind the plane downing. He explained in various media interviews that he had made the allegations as a plot to get close to the French – saying he wanted to understand why they hated Tutsis.
Sources in Norway say Ruzibiza died of cancer.