Genocide suspect manipulating Malawi govt, courts

Published by Nyasa Times
On 20 November 2016 saa 12:43
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A wanted Rwandan genocide suspect, Vincent Murekezi has penetrated the Malawi government service delivery system where he is getting passports, citizenship and court orders in his favor by using rogue lawyers to tilt his legitimacy as a bonafide Malawian citizen, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Murekezi has since confirmed his identity and his being named on the wanted list of persons involved in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda but described the allegations as ‘lies and rubbish’.

He has since produced a court discharge order obtained in the High Court of Malawi, Lilongwe District Registry under criminal cause 25 of 2016 before Justice Esmy Chombo, since his story appeared in the media.

He has been visiting media houses trying to show legitimacy by brandishing his newly acquired Malawian passport and the court discharge order while trying to gag the media to stop running the story about his status in the country.

Murekezi has since engaged lawyer Chimwemwe Sikwese of Sikwese and Company and obtained an injunction restraining Zodiak from running the story.

He is parading a passport MA606888 obtained this year 2016 and claims he came to Malawi in the year 2000 used BPR then PRP.

Which means after fleeing the country few years ago he abandoned the passport which obtained in 2011 under the name Vincent Banda from Mbeya, Tanzania and got another one he is using as a Malawian using his real name Vincent Murekezi birth place Kigali Rwanda.

An impeccable source who is privy to the activities of the genocide suspect, said Murekezi is using unscrupulous Immigration officials to dubiously obtain government documents.

He also claimed that the court discharge order appears to be a doctored one since it doesn’t indicate which crime he was discharged from; strengthening the notion that Murekezi has spread his tentacles even to the courts.

“Look here, the discharge order seems to be fake and doctored because it doesn’t indicate which crime he was discharged from. Does it mean the Malawian court discharged him from the genocide charge? If that is so, does the Malawi court have jurisdiction over such a matter which was committed in Rwanda? There is more to this than that meets the eye,” said our source.

The source further said the passport obtained in 2011 is still valid since the Malawian travel document has a life span of 10 years and wondered how the Immigration authorities issued him another one in 2016.

Spokesperson for the Immigration Department Joseph Chauwa could neither deny nor confirm about the issuing of two passports to the same person but promised to come back to this reporter but later could not pick calls and finally switched them off altogether.

“This is raising questions on the country’s immigration laws as well as risks associated with harbouring suspected criminals. Malawi is a signatory to several conventions which puts it under obligation to extradite such people as Murekezi yet he is roaming freely in the country and worse still obtaining passports and fake court orders at will,” said the source.

Meanwhile, the Rwandan media has picked up the story from Nyasa Timrs and they are looking forward to his going back to Rwanda to answer charges leveled against him.

Another Rwandan source has said Murekezi came back from South Africa very broke and has been getting money from his friends and has since accumulated debts within the range of K80-K100million which he is failing to honour.