Malawi Govt under fire over Rwandan genocide convict

Malawi Immigration Department

Following local media reports that Malawi has been hosting a genocide convict Vincent Murekezi, some concerned citizens have demanded government action on the fugitive.

According to reports, Murekezi who has a Malawian citizenship, is on the wanted list in Rwanda for crimes against humanity after taking part in the mass killing of minority Tutsi in 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The reports disclosed that Murekezi has a Malawian passport with surname changed to Banda to conceal his identity.

Confirming on the local press, the Rwandan National prosecutor Fautsin Nkusi said Murekezi is a genocide convict who was tried without his presence in court on case RPGR 450/GEN/MJD/RE in Rwanda.

“That is true , this Emmanuel Vincent Murekezi is wanted fugitive and is subject to an international warrant of arrest which was sent to Malawi in 2009, requesting them to extradite him to Rwanda to face justice on crimes of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity,” said Nkusi.

Reacting on the reports, leader of concerned citizens on the matter Phillip Kamangira called for an urgent action from Malawi government.

“We will force government until something happens, we are going to protest, vigil, be it at the police, Immigration or at the minister’s office until a quick action happens,” said Kamangira.

However, government is yet to take its position on the reports of keeping the fugitive despite being advised to send Murekezi back to Rwanda.

The Rwandan genocide, known officially as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government.

An estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994.


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