Convicted Uladi Mussa linked to Rwandan genocide fugitive

Uladi Mussa

Former Malawian minister Uladi Mussa convicted for illegally awarding passports to Rwandan refugees living in the southern African country, apparently also did so to fugitives linked to the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis.

Uladi Mussa, who served as Minister for Homeland Security under former president Joyce Banda, was accused of, among others, fraudulently awarding a passport to Rwandan genocide suspect Vincent Murekezi.

Murekezi was transferred to Rwanda last year and remains in custody.

Was convicted of genocide in absentia: Murekezi

He was convicted for separate offences committed in Malawi, and was transferred to Rwanda in January last year to complete his sentence, before he can be tried over Genocide crimes.

Murekezi was a wanted fugitive for decades, but had used his connections in government to avoid capture, including fraudulently acquiring a Malawian passport.

In 2017, the Malawi Magistrate Court convicted and sentenced Murekezi to five years imprisonment after he was convicted for corruption and tax evasion.

He was found guilty of evading taxes amounting to MK 2.2 million of import duty through his company in 2007.

Murekezi was later extradited to Rwanda following a prisoner exchange agreement signed between Rwanda Correction Service and Malawi Prisons.

Though he had been convicted in absentia for Genocide by a Gacaca court, Murekezi has the right to seek retrial in the ordinary courts.

Besides Murekezi, prosecution in Rwanda last year said at least a dozen indicted Genocide fugitives were believed to have found a safe haven in Malawi.

The former Malawian minister, who was arrested in 2017 over these charges but has since been out on bail, was convicted alongside the Regional Immigration Officer David Kwanjana.

Upon conviction, Judge Chifundo Kachale of the Lilongwe-based high court revoked their bail.

Court is due to sentence them next week.

New Times Rwanda