Zim Minister Promises To Hand Over Rwanda Fugitives

Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Eric  Matinenga made the promise to the Rwandan justice minister, Tharcisse Karugarama, during a visit to the central African country to learn from Rwanda’s experiences.

“Our Security Minister has already tabled that issue in the parliament and I am sure the answer for the Genocide fugitives will be obtained,” Matinenga told the Rwandan justice minister in Kigali on Monday.

Close to one million Rwandans of Tutsi origin were killed in 100 days. But Rwanda has progressed magnificently from being ravaged by war and genocide to register one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.

Zimbabwe has been accused of not acting on reports that one of the most wanted fugitives, Potrais Mupiranya, is hiding in the country. Zimbabwean police last year denied the presence of the genocide fugitive in the country.

Mpiranya is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide or alternatively complicity in genocide which he committed in his capacity as commander of the elite force.

Zimbabwe is among the southern African countries that are yet to respond and sign the extradition treaty with the Rwandan government to arrest and extradite genocide perpetrators.

“It’s quite unfortunate that these countries are still harbouring the killers. What we want is they either arrest and try them in their countries or extradite them to Rwanda,” the Rwandan minister, Karugarama said.

On Sunday survivors of the genocide demanded that countries such as Zimbabwe should apprehend genocide fugitives who have fled to their countries and bring them to Rwanda to face justice.

Other countries believed to be harbouring the fugitives include the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Congo Brazzaville, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.