Malawi Police officer shielding Rwanda genocide suspect: Gets passport and changes name from Vincent Murekezi to Vincent Banda

Mponela police Officer in Charge Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Emmanuel Soko is alleged to have been behind the shielding and releasing from custody of a wanted Rwandan genocide suspect Vincent Murekezi also known as Vincent Banda, Nyasa Times can reveal.geneocide suspectgenodice suspect

Vincent Murekezi is a suspect of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and is on wanted list both from his native country Rwanda and Interpol but has been living freely in Malawi because of his deep pockets which he uses to bribe government officials to buy his freedom.

According to the Rwandan Government list, when he fled the country he was believed to have sought refuge in Zimbabwe but apparently he found his way to Malawi.

When contacted for comment, Soko feigned ignorance before telling Nyasa Times reporter that he is attending to some police business and promised to call back as soon as he is done with what he was doing.

After subsequent calls from this reporter, Soko kept cutting off the line and then switched off his phone until the time we were going to press.

Murekezi acquired a Malawian passport number MA078171 through fraudulent and corrupting of Immigration officials in 2011.

He got the passport using the name Vincent Banda from Mbeya, Tanzania.

Nyasa Times  has a copy of his Rwandan passport indicates the birth place, place of residence, and the number is PC 939663 Ngoma-Huye exactly the same as it appears in the dossier by Rwandan government which names him as a suspect of the 1994 genocide.

He was a well known business person but apparently messed up with the banks and became enemies with other Malawian politicians who were baying for his blood.

The Rwandan stayed in Malawi for a while and because of his fraudulent activities, he became a wanted person by the Malawi Police Service and apparently he got wind of the fact and fled the country for South Africa where he stayed for a period of 2-3 years.

After a while he came back to Malawi, and after two days in the country he was arrested in Falls Estate at the house of a Mr. Hirwa, a Rwandese national, where there was a child naming ceremony.

When he came to Malawi he was being hosted by the owner of Pacific Machinery and Pacific Ocean Lodge, who is also a Rwandese national.

According to a source at Area 30 police headquarters Murekezi was arrested by plain-clothed police officers and was taken to Mponela Police Station, which raised eye brows as to why he was taken to such a distance police station instead of Lilongwe Police Station.

“He was released after 3 days in custody after allegedly bribing the police with K3million,” said the source.

The source further said that Murekezi applied for a gun license with MPS authorities at Area 30 and apparently his application was not approved. However, as of today Vincent Murekezi has a gun with a license, an issue which is also raising eyebrows.

The source further said Murekezi has developed a rapport with unscrupulous top government officials whom he bribes at will.

“What is surprising is that Murekezi is well known as a genocide suspect who was supposed to be extradited back to his country answer charges leveled against him because Malawi is a signatory to several conventions which put it under obligation to arrest such people,” said the source.

Currently, he is residing in Area 49 and runs a shop in Area 2 Bwalo la Njobvu which is frequented by police officers who goes to collect bribes.

His second coming has brought fear among his fellow Rwandese nationals who are doing legitimate businesses in the country.

It is also alleged that one business tycoon in Lilongwe has paid rentals for Vincent for a year. It is not known the connection between the two.

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Douglas Ndindi

Indeed this is Malawi. Any wonder that we are the poorest country in the world? And that the crime rate is as high as the blue sky? And that we appear to be enjoying that status? And……anyway, quote my silence!


Wagwidwa basi kwako kwatha

dee Walker

Ntchito za DPP izi. Think of the period he entered and this period.

Silly Malawi

Thumbs up to the scribe who has done this report. It’s a great relief after complaining about the loss of high quality journalists to match Ralph Tenthani, the Muckcracker.


Our police officers are like that, he is not the only one receiving bribes. Go to Limbe police and see how they are buying cars like nobodys business. We hear a lot about these men especially Banda . Can we develop like that? Why keeping a killer and acquired a rifle? Kusayenda a Malawi. In other countries we really feel that its not our home and they dont back us up.

Parallel Market

Thats a wonderful exposee!! Great investigative journalism; it is sweet to read because flow of ideas is excellent. Well done scribe. Investigate also death of Kodontoni whether it was a genuine accident or foul play.


This criminal (he wouldn’t be running if he was not) must be sent back to his country to face the rule of Law. One million people were butchered in that country and we want to shield such a person. The police officers involved must also be locked up and the keys to their cell thrown in the middle of Lake Malawi. This criminal is a security risk to this country. Our innocent brothers and sisters are stranded at Lindela in RSA – their crime, looking for greener pastures and here we are shielding a criminal! Zomvetsa chisoni.

G Sasani

this is treat to our society. Plz those of authority take immediate action about this


i wish all local papers can put this story on their first page and ACB act on this….but as usual i doubt if this will bear anything….


Thanks for discovering this genocide murder please keep searching and review their cases especially those who applied citizenship using fake Uganda and Burundi passport they all changed names and got new ones because of what they did in our country! Malawians wake up tell your government to review and revoke these murders’ citizenship. Imagine someone is from Rwanda Uganda or Burundi but since he changed names he had never been in his home country!!! Next time we will release their name so that immigration and police can do their work!!

Thank you

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