Malawi and Rwandan genocide suspect: Act on Concerned Citizens petition

Now that concerned citizens have petitioned parliament over the extradition of the Rwandan genocide suspect Vincent Murekezi, government should see the seriousness of the issue and act accordingly.

Over half a million perished during the Rwandan genocide

Over half a million perished during the Rwandan genocide

Rwandan genocide suspect obtains Malawi passport, freely enjoying his life in Lilongwe

Rwandan genocide suspect obtains Malawi passport, freely enjoying his life in Lilongwe

Government risks suffering serious diplomatic repercussion with the Rwandan government and also damage its reputation in the eyes of the international community if it continues to keep Murekezi.

Since the issue of the genocide suspect surfaced, the government has not taken the issue seriously. Even when it has been established that Murekeziobtained the Malawian passport illegally and eventually got citizenship, the government has chosen to ignore the issue.

Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister Grace Chiumia was quoted in the media as saying she knows “the suspect as a successful businessman”.But this response coming from a minister responsible for home affairs and internal security is not good enough.  She is running away from the real issue.

Malawians, the Rwandan government and other interest groups are expecting concrete action from government since it has come to light that he obtained the Malawianpassport illegally and that he is a genocide suspect.

As if this is not incriminating enough, media reports say that “the Director of the Rwanda National Prosecuting Authority has confirmed that Murekezi is a genocide convict who was duly tried by the Rwandan Special Tribunal on Genocide.”  It is more embarrassing that the Malawi government through the Department of Public Prosecutions is aware of the issue and has not acted, since 2009, on the request from their Rwandan counterpart to extradite Murekezi.

The fact that there is overwhelming evidence that Murekeziobtained a Malawian passport fraudulently is enough reason to cancel his citizenship and deport him because he lied that he wasVincent Banda bornin Mbeya, Tanzania when he is a Rwandan born in Ngoma-Huye. Under the law, anyone who obtains anything under false pretense is a criminal offence. The fact that he purported to be a Malawian citizen also means he was hiding something.

Now that the truth has emerged that he obtained the passport under false pretense, his Malawian nationality should be revoked and deported to face justice. People who run away from justice should not been given protection, let alone be given citizenship. Only genuine asylum seekers are worth to be sheltered.

Certainly, the Rwandangovernment will still continue to push for the extradition of Murekezi and might even seek the help of international community to ensure that Malawi government complies. With concerned citizens delivering a petition to parliament to extradite Murekezi, the issue has gained international recognition and may gain momentum. Other institutions around the world may join the crusade. They may even be calling for some sanctions against Malawi to ensure government does the needful. This may bring unnecessarily suffering on innocent Malawian because of someone who is not even a Malawian in the first place. So government should not treat this issue lightly.

If government continues to dilly-dally to act, concerned citizens and human rights organisations should use other avenues such as local courts, the African Union and the International Criminal Court. Opposition MPs should equally take a keen interest in this issue.

The reputation of Malawi has suffered as a result of protecting the genocide suspect. Malawians are already outraged that someone who is a genocide suspect obtained Malawian nationality fraudulently. Minister Chiumia may not be strong enough to clean up the Immigration Department. However, the cabinet, under the principle of collective responsibility, should assist her to get rid of corruption.  It is worrying how the Immigration Department is giving Malawian passport to foreign nationals from Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda because of corruption.

This is putting Malawi at risk of being infiltrated by undesirable elements and other shady characters. Foreign nationals who apply for Malawian citizenship (naturalisation) should obtain police clearance from their countries of origin and in Malawi. They should be subjected to stringent security checks both within and outside Malawi, a process that should take not less than six months. Some people change their citizenship to conceal their criminal activities or runaway from justice.  So Immigration Department should be serious and careful with immigration issues.

Meanwhile, Malawians are expecting the government to act on the petition.  It will be embarrassing to act because the international community and other foreign bodies starts to comment or exert pressure.

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Concerned Malawian
Guest

Guys sometimes if you don’t hav something to comment then dont drop ur nonsense here, ofcourse we can seek refuge from other countries but for good reasons not running away from crimes. No government can offer such a criminal freedom as the Malawian govt is doing,dyela likuphani

Brit
Guest

Iwe ndiopusa,kodi kanyamaadapha ambuyako?Ife tikunenaza chigawenga chomwe chinapha anthukwawo,nde ife otisiabaleake angatisiye?Ameneyu azipita ndi omweakudyanaye ngati iwe ndi obama chiumia anthu oipa oweta njoka than ana anu,koma sikulina njokayo izakulumani.

Ancient Mariner
Guest

Silly Kamisa Jumbe! Read your hisyory and find out the reasons why Chiume fled the country.Dont comment on things you dont know its genises.Sure silly boy!

Bright
Guest

iwe ndiopusa ,kanyama anaphaambuyako? ichi ndichigawenga chaku rwanda.Moti mufufuze ambiri ,angazatiphe

Regionalising
Guest

That’s stupid , Kanyama Chiume and the group never killed anyone , they only crossed the boarders because of political misunderstandings with Kamuzu Banda , don’t give us rubbish stories in order to support this Rwandan criminal who was issued with a fake citizenship .

Khamisa Jumbe
Guest

Kodi a Nyasatimes mlibe khani zolemba, tatopa nazo izi, why are you forgetting that Gulu la Kanyama Chiume ndi anzao Kamuzu wanted them here and yet other governments never bothered to bring them here, Lero enawa have run from their countries you are being corrupted and busy written rubbish, remember even you one day you will be refugees and needed, you will remember this one day, please write other things now.

boko
Guest

manyi ako, you are just stupid and pathetic..stop commenting nonsense if you dont have anything to say. you know how dangerous the person in question is? stupid!!!!!1

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