Kagame’s Moneyman James Gatera Disappeared. Why?

By David Himbara

Where is James Gatera?

It has been over one year since President Paul Kagame sacked James Gatera from Crystal Ventures Ltd. I have tried to find out the whereabouts of James Gatera — but I have failed. Where in the world is James Gatera?


Kagame used James Gatera in four capacities for 18 years as follows:

  • 2000 to 2005 — Gatera was Kagame’s director of finance in president’s office.
  • 2005–2007 — Gatera was Kagame’s man at the Bank of Kigali as deputy managing director.
  • 2007–2016 — Gatera was CEO of the Bank of Kigali, after the Kagame regime bought the bank from Belgian investors using the pension money.
  • February 2016 to March 2017 — Kagame removed James Gatera from the Bank of Kigali and made him the Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Ventures Ltd, the ruling party’s business empire. FULL STORY