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Gicumbi: Félicien Kabuga property auctioned off

By Richard Mugarura
On 12 December 2013 at 03:44

After postponing the seizure of property to genocide bankroller and master minder Félicien Kabuga on 11th /November/2013 due to failure of bidders to show-up, finally Indian businessman Habibu Mohammed managed to buy it off on Wednesday 11th/December/2013.
Habibu Zara is a popular Indian businessman who owns Zara Company and apparently the legal owner of 115 hectares of land worth 153, 250,000, once owned by one of the most wanted Rwandan genocide mastermind.
Among the seized (...)

After postponing the seizure of property to genocide bankroller and master minder Félicien Kabuga on 11th /November/2013 due to failure of bidders to show-up, finally Indian businessman Habibu Mohammed managed to buy it off on Wednesday 11th/December/2013.

Habibu Zara is a popular Indian businessman who owns Zara Company and apparently the legal owner of 115 hectares of land worth 153, 250,000, once owned by one of the most wanted Rwandan genocide mastermind.

Among the seized properties include business houses and tea plantations, located in Mukarange sector, Gicumbi district, in the Northern Province.

In an interview with Flash radio, prosecutor Niyonshuti Idi, said more other properties are still awaited to be auctioned, in order to cover defects of the genocide victims.

He also added that it’s not yet over because a big number of victims suffered defects during the 1994 genocide, so the seizure of Kabuga felicien property still continues, since he is still accused by hundreds of genocide victims.

Kabuga was born in Muniga, in the commune of Mukarange, prefecture of Byumba, Rwanda, roughly 30 kilometers off the Rwanda-Uganda Border. Kabuga amassed his wealth by owning tea farms in northern Rwanda, among other business ventures.

A multimillionaire, he was closely connected to Juvénal Habyarimana’s MRND party and the Akazu, an informal group of Hutu extremists from northern Rwanda that strongly contributed to the Rwandan Genocide.

Kabuga was also allegedly heavily involved in the founding and bankrolling of RTLM, as well as Kangura magazine In 1993, at an RTLM fundraising meeting organized by the MRND, Felicien Kabuga allegedly publicly defined the purpose of RTLM as the defense of Hutu Power.

During the ICTR’s so-called "media trial", former RTLM presenter Georges Ruggiu named Kabuga as the "Chairman Director-general" of the station, with duties such as "presiding over RTLM" and "representing RTLM.

From January 1993 to March 1994, a total of 500,000 machetes were imported into Rwanda, statistically one for every three adult Hutus in the country.

Kabuga has been named as one of the main importers of these machetes; he is married to Josephine Mukazitoni while two of their daughters are married to two sons of Former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana.


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