1. Patrick Karegeya
Died March 2014.
( Rwanda’s former chief of external intelligence)
Col. Karegeya was once one of the most powerful
figures in Rwanda. He fled to South Africa in
2008, after falling out with the regime. There he
helped set up an opposition movement, the
Rwandan National Congress.
On New Year’s Eve, Col Patrick Karegeya, went
to his suite at the Michelangelo Towers – an
expensive hotel in Johannesburg’s business
district -to meet an old informant.
The friend, Apollo Kiririsi, appears to have been
used as bait. The killers themselves are thought
to have rented a suite across the corridor. It is
not clear exactly who or how many they were,
but Col Karegeya seems to have put up quite a
David Batenga, Col Karegeya’s nephew, who
discovered the body almost 24 hours later, says:
“There had been a bit of scuffle, everything was
just a nightmare. We found the towel, and the
towel was full of blood, and the rope. They
literally used a rope to hang him tight.”
His friends and family are in no doubt that he
was murdered on the orders of the Rwandan
2. Ahmed Sekou Touré
Died on 26th March 1984
He was instrumental in Guinea becoming the first of
the African colonies to gain its independence
from France in 1958.
His relations with France were sour from the
start, but gradually those with the Soviet
Union, United States and most other
countries begain to follow; he even blamed
Washington and the CIA when a Guinean
delegation was imprisoned in Ghana.
Eventually his paranoia made life so
unbearable for the Guineans (around 50,000
are believed to have been executed) that
they began leaving the country in tens of
Touré collapsed suddenly in an unexplainable manner in Saudi Arabia in 1984 and was rushed to America for cardiac treatment, but died there on 26 March.
3. Idi Amin Dada
Died August 2003
Amin was a renowned notorious leader and dictator in Uganda. In January 1971 he deposed then President Milton Obote and seized power in a military coup (promoting himself to Field Marshal a while later). Amin was very much a tyrant, with estimates of people killed during his regime ranging between 100,000 and 500,000, and nepotism,
corruption, economic mismanagement, ethnic persecution and human rights abuse being rife throughout. He finally ‘shot himself in the foot’ when he tried to annex a province of Tanzania in 1978 and this, along with growing dissent within Uganda, led to the Uganda-Tanzania War and caused the downfall of his regime the following year. He was forced to go into exile, in Libya and
Saudi Arabia where he reportedly died of sustained injuries after being denied of proper medical care .
4. Barthélemy Boganda
Died on 29th March 1959,
He was the leading nationalist politician of
what is now the Central African Republic .
Boganda was active prior to his country’s
independence, during the period when the area,
part of French Equatorial Africa, was
administered by France under the name of
Oubangui-Chari . He served as the first Prime
Minister of the Central African Republic
Boganda was poised to become the first
president of the independent CAR when he
boarded a plane at Berbérati for a flight to
Bangui on 29 March 1959, just prior to
legislative elections. The aircraft exploded in
midair over Boukpayanga in the sub-prefecture
of Boda (about 160 kilometres (100 mi) west
of Bangui), killing all passengers and crew. No clear cause has ever been ascertained for the mysterious crash and no commission of inquiry was ever formed;sabotage was widely suspected. The
nation was shocked at the death of its revered
leader, whose funeral on April 2 at the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Bangui saw a great outpouring of grief from thousands of Oubanguians.
Died on 7th July 1998
Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola,
referred to as M. K. O. Abiola , was a popular
Nigerian Yoruba businessman, publisher,
politician and aristocrat of the Yoruba Egba
clan. He ran for the presidency in 1993, and is
widely regarded as the presumed winner of the
inconclusive election since no official final
results were announced. He died in 1998, after
being denied victory when the entire election
results were dubiously annulled by the
preceding military president Ibrahim Babangida
because of alleged evidence that they were
corrupt and unfair.
Abiola died under suspicious circumstances
shortly after the death of General Abacha.
Moshood Abiola died on the day that he was
due to be released, on 7 July 1998. While
the official autopsy stated that Abiola died of
natural causes, Abacha’s Chief Security Officer,
al-Mustapha has alleged that Moshood Abiola
was in fact beaten to death. al-Mustapha, who
was detained by the Nigerian government, but
later released, claims to have video and
audiotapes showing how Abiola was beaten to
death. The final autopsy report, which was
produced by a group of international coroners
has never been publicly released.
Irrespective of the exact circumstances of his
death, it is clear that Chief Abiola received
insufficient medical attention for his existing