Genocide suspect gets Malawi passport


A wanted Rwandan genocide suspect, Vincent Murekezi, acquired a Malawian passport and has been using it for the past five years, raising questions on the country’s immigration laws as well as risks associated with harbouring suspected criminals.

Murekezi 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”.

“Those are lies and there is no truth in that. I applied for Malawian citizenship and I was given and I am now a Malawian. Some business people are just jealous of me and that is why they are spreading such lies.


“I was cleared by the Immigration [Department]. You can go and check and you will see that they have no problems with me. I am just a businessman,” he said.

Spokesperson for the Immigration Department, Joseph Chauwa, on Wednesday requested for copies of the passports to verify in their system. We provided the copies. But a day later, he kept on promising to revert to us with the requested information.

Among other issues The Daily Times wanted to find out the status of Murekezi at the time he came into the country, whether he was an asylum seeker or an investor.


Meanwhile, some concerned Malawians have hired lawyer Oswald Mtupila to take the matter up with the courts.

Mtupila confirmed in an interview on Wednesday that he was approached by the concerned citizens.

“I tried to enquire about his file at the [Department of] Immigration but I was told that such information is private. They are a number of legal issues that need to be looked at to see if there is any substance such as, who are the affected parties and whether there is direct interest by the concerned people,” Mtupila said.

Murekezi allegedly acquired the Malawian passport number MA078171 in 2011 using the name Vincent M. Banda, a Malawian, born at Mbeya, Tanzania.

His Rwandan passport indicates the birth place as Ngoma-Huye in Rwanda. The passport number is PC 939663, the way it appears in a dossier by the Rwandan Government which names him as a suspect of the genocide.

Both passports show that Murekezi was born on January 6, 1962. The Malawi passport was issued in Blantyre on August 3, 2011 and is valid until August 2, 2021 while his Rwandan passport was issued on December 8, 2009 and expired on December 8, 2014.

Rwandan authorities were not immediately available for comment on the issue.

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