Genocide fugitive Rurangwa arrives in Rwanda

On 7 octobre 2021 at 03:39

Oswald Rurangwa who was convicted for complicity during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi has been deported to Rwanda from the United States of America (USA) where he had sought asylum.

The man aged 59, arrived at Kigali International Airport on Thursday 7th October 2021 around 4p.m.

Upon arrival at the airport, Rurangwa was immediately handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB).

Born in 1962, Rurangwa was in 2007 convicted and sentenced to 30 years by Gisozi Gacaca Court for his role in the Genocide.

The National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) has said that Rurangwa lived in Gisozi sector, Gasabo district of Kigali City during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

At the time, he was a primary school teacher 1994 and leader of Interahamwe militia in Gisozi.

It is said that Rurangwa is among masterminds behind the killings of Tutsis that had fled to Sainte Famille and Saint Paul in Kigali during the Genocide.

He is also suspected to have set up different road blocks in Kigali City where Tutsis were arrested and killed.

Rurangwa featured in the trial of Maj Gen Laurent Munyakazi who was handed life sentence and the former of Kigali Prefecture, Col Tharcisse Renzaho.

Rurangwa fled to former Zaire in Kibumba refugee camp and joined Kayindo camp later from where he left in 1996 flying to USA.

In 2008, Rurangwa who had changed his name to Oswald Rukemuye was apprehended as he pursued studies at Wilberforce University in Ohio State.

He becomes the sixth Genocide fugitive deported from USA.

Other deportees include Enos Iragaba Kagaba (2005), Jean Mary Vianney Mudahinyuka (2011), Marie Claire Mukeshimana (2011), Dr. Léopold Munyakazi (2016) and Béatrice Munyenyezi deported recently on 16th April 2021.

In a statement released today, the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA), has commended the move by US authorities.

“The NPPA commends the US judicial authorities for the deportations of genocide fugitives, continued cooperation in matters of mutual legal assistance, and contribution to the global effort to fight impunity,” reads part of the statement signed by Faustin Nkusi, the Spokesperson of NPPA.

Genocide fugitive Rurangwa arrived at Kigali International Airport on Thursday 7th October 2021 around 4p.m.