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Rwanda: Why is Grace Chiumia, Malawi Minister Shielding Genocide Fugitives?

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ANALYSIS
By Felly Kimenyi
Vincent Murekezi, who has previously used several aliases was in March this year awarded a Malawian passport, having been naturalized as a citizen of the southern African country back in 2013.

The problem is, he is a Genocide fugitive with an outstanding indictment for his well-documented role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

In the Malawian passport, he is called Vincent M Banda, and purports to have been born in Tanzania, despite his initial documents, which Malawian authorities are most likely in possession of, showing that he was born in the former Ngoma Commune, which is currently in Huye District, Southern Province.

It is in the same district where a Gacaca court tried and convicted him in absentia, handing him a life sentence.

And, when he was recently busted, Malawian media jumped on the story.

To the shock of many, he was released shortly after being arrested.

In an interview with local media in the country, the Malawian Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security confirmed knowing the suspect.

“I know Murekezi as one of the successful businesspersons in the country,” Minister Grace Chiumia is quoted as saying.

Being a successful businessman, however, does not exonerate Murekezi from being a Genocide perpetrator. The onus is on Malawian officials to verify the charges, should they have doubt.

This is not the first time a Genocide suspect in Malawi is held and released under mysterious circumstances.

In 2010, another fugitive at the time, Charles Bandora, was arrested in Malawi over an outstanding indictment pinning him on the Genocide against the Tutsi, but released after a fortnight in custody.

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