Théogène Turatsinze

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Théogène Turatsinze [1] (born "in the northern part" of Rwanda c.1970, [2] murdered between 11 and 15 October 2012 in Mozambique [3] ) was a Rwandan businessman.

After undergraduate studies in his home country, he moved to Mozambique, "where he worked for several years", then completed his studies with a master's degree in management at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney. [2] [4] He returned to Rwanda, and became the Managing Director of the Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) in 2005. [3] He was dismissed from that position in 2007. [5] He moved once more to Mozambique, where he served as deputy rector of the São Tomãs de Moçambique Catholic University until his death. [6]

He went missing on 11 [5] or 12 October 2012, in Maputo. [3] His body was found on the 15th, tied up and "floating in the sea". [6] Police in Mozambique "initially indicated Rwandan government involvement in the killing", then retracted the accusation. [7] Turatsinze was thought to have "had access to politically sensitive financial information related to certain Rwandan government insiders", relating to the funds of the Development Bank. [7] His murder, which remains unsolved, was described as part of a "history of mysterious deaths" of opponents or perceived opponents of the Paul Kagame government in Rwanda. The newspaper The Zimbabwean related it to the deaths of Seth Sendashonga (a high-level political opponent murdered in Kenya in 1998), Jean-Léonard Rugambage (a reporter murdered in Kigali in 2010), and Charles Ingabire (a reporter murdered in Uganda in 2011); it also mentioned Kayumba Nyamwasa, a former member of Rwandan Intelligence who survived an assassination attempt in 2010. [5] Similarly, the UK's Channel 4 News linked Turatsinze's deaths to those mentioned, as well as to that of politician André Kagwa Rwisereka, murdered in 2010, noting the "allegations of Rwandan government involvement". [8]

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