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Repatriate genocide suspects — Rwanda

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Rwanda wants Zimbabwe to repatriate four of its nationals it wanted for trial back home for allegedly participating in the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of 800 000 Rwandans.

The four Rwandans of Hutu origin are believed to be staying in Zimbabwe.

Rwanda wants the four to stand trial for their alleged role in organising and participating in the genocide which shocked the world.

Rwandan disaster management and refugee affairs minister Marcel Gatsinzi led a delegation to Zimbabwe in May in a bid to encourage refugees in Zimbabwe to return home.

During the visit, Gatsinzi’s delegation gave Public Service and Social Welfare minister Paurina Mpariwa and commissioner for refugees Isaac Mukaro four names of people accused of allegedly organising and participating in the genocide.

Zimbabwe is already accused of giving sanctuary to Potrais Mpiranya wanted at the United Nations tribunal trying the most wanted genocide suspects.

The government denies harbouring Mpiranya, a former commander of the presidential guard during the genocide.

Mpariwa referred questions to Mukaro who could neither deny nor confirm the issue.
“No comment, no comment,” Mukaro said.

However, sources said Rwanda was confident the four would be apprehended.

“The Rwandan minister gave the Zimbabwean government a list of four people wanted in connection with the genocide. The four are believed to be staying here in Zimbabwe,” said a source close to the meeting.

It was not clear whether the alleged suspects were staying in Zimbabwe as refugees or as illegal immigrants.

Zimbabwe is home to 800 Rwandan nationals who are staying as refugees. The majority of them are staying at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge while others are either studying or working in urban centres.

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