Members of the Rwandan opposition claim Karegeya was assassinated at the behest of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
The New Age newspaper quoted Karegeya’s nephew David Batenga as saying that he and Karegeya had picked up a Rwandan man at a light-rail station on Sunday and taken him to the Michelangelo Towers hotel in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton.
Batenga said he had left the men after a few hours, and tried to call Karegeya on his cellphone on Tuesday evening but received no response. The police were alerted when Karegeya’s phone was still switched off the following morning, the newspaper reported.
Karegeya was found dead in the man’s hotel room on Wednesday. Police suspect he might have been strangled. His neck was swollen, and a rope and bloodied towel were found.