Rwanda’s Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga said the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR) should move and bring Proitas Mpiranya to book.
“Mpiranya is one of the most notorious fugitives wanted by the ICTR. We didn’t know that he was in Zimbabwe and it is very interesting to know that he is there. The ICTR should use this opportunity to bring
him to book,” Ngoga told Rwanda’s official daily.
He said the developments should trigger the ICTR into action and bring, Mpiranya, one of the most wanted persons in connection with the genocide.
Mpiranya was head of the presidential guard that is blamed for organizing and executing the genocide that claimed the lives of close to a million Rwandans of Tutsi origin.
The Rwandan Prosecutor General was reacting to reports that Mpiranya was believed to be staying in Zimbabwe’s fishing town of Norton.
Security sources told Radio VOP this week the Mpiranya was comfortably staying in the town, just outside Harare despite being on the list of the most wanted persons.
Mpiranya led a Rwandan rebel group comprising remnants of the defeated Hutu government army that operated in the eastern DRC since 1994. The rebel group later worked with the Allied forces during the Congo war between 1997 and 2001.
The Allied forces comprising Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia were deployed to halt an insurgency by DRC rebels supported by the armies of Rwanda and Uganda.
Mpiranya, sources said, was instrumental in supplying strategic information about the Rwandan military and also mobilized and trained Rwandans in refugee camps in eastern DRC to fight against the Rwandan army.
The sources said after the Congo war Mpiranya went to Zimbabwe with the blessings of top Zimbabwean commanders.
Meanwhile, Rwanda has dismissed reports its secret agents sneaked into Zimbabwe to arrest or kill fuguitives of the 1994 genocide staying in Zimbabwe.
“The claims are totally false and malicious and I don’t know who initiated them and their motive. The allegations should be held in contempt. This is a story that could have been initiated by the fugitives themselves,” Ngoga said.
“For us, we pursue fugitives through indictments and arrest warrants issued through Interpol. We are a government which does not deploy bandits in another country to pursue the people we want. We do things in a conventional way and that’s how we have arrested all the other genocide fugitives.”
Ngoga said that if Rwanda was to do so it would consult the government of Zimbabwe, adding that what is reported is just a ploy initiated by the fugitives.