Rwandan who has been living in Malawi for more a decade, Vincent Murekezi, has been arrested by police over allegations from Rwanda for participating in the 1994 genocide against Tutsi which led to more than a million death.
Murekezi was arrested Thursday after Rwanda National Prosecution spokesman Nkusi Faustin confirmed that they have been asking Malawi for the extradition of Murekezi from 2009.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Principal Secretary Dalitso Kabambe confirmed that Malawi government received several requests for extradition of of genocide suspect.
After the news spread over his arrest, Rwanda National prosecution announces that they know it through reports from paper and now waiting for official confirmation. “Following reports of news papers for the re arrest of MUREKEZI Vincent, we will inform you once officially communicated by authorities of Malawi.”
Police arrested Murekezi and he is being held at National Police headquarters in Lilongwe, Area 30 waiting for removal directions. “Mr Murekezi has been arrest. He is being held at Area 30 police headquarters. Police are waiting for directives from government on the process of extradition,” a police officer said.
Central Region Police spokesperson Noriett Chihana, Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Kingsley Dandaula and National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera were coy to comment on the matter, saying it was sensitive. Nyassa Times reports.
Before being removed in the country, Murekezi will appear before court for an extradition hearing.
Malawi government officials once reportedly helped him to acquire the Malawi passport using the surname of Banda with passport number MA078171 in 2011. In spite of his Rwandan passport with number PC939663 indicates that his birthplace is Ngoma-Huye in Rwanda.