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Masquerading Genocide Fugitive Arrested in Kigali

Police in Kigali have arrested a 48-year old man pretending to be a Tanzanian, wanted for his role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Hussein Minani, now in police custody.

Hussein Minani, who had acquired a Tanzanian citizenship under the alias name; Hussein Abdul Kitumba Mujandi, was arrested on May 6 in Remera, Gasabo District.

He was on May 10 paraded before journalists at Kicukiro Police Station, where he is currently detained.

Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa said that Minani is wanted for genocide, extermination as a crime against humanity, murder and rape during the genocide.

Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa.

He allegedly committed the offences in the former Butare prefecture in the commune of Ngoma, now Huye District.

According to his indictment, Minani, a truck driver, who has been transiting between Tanzania and Rwanda under the alias names, is alleged to have transported Interahamwe militias as they went on rampage in Butare and actively participated in the killing of Tutsi students and staff at the former National University of Rwanda, currently University of Rwanda-College of Arts and Social Science (UR-CASS).

Together with the militias, Minani is also said to have led the raid and killed the former coach of Mukura Victory Sports, Charles Sitaki along with his friend only identified as Kamina, when they raided the latter’s home, where they were hiding.

“After getting information about Minani’s role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and the specific atrocities he committed, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) compiled a detailed dossier which they forwarded for prosecution,” ACP Twahirwa said.

“The Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit then released an international arrest warrant, but at the same time Interpol also issued a red notice on November 30, last year, after acquiring information of his possible whereabouts and detailed information about him, to track him down,” he added.

He called upon anyone with information on any fugitive, “regardless of which part of the world, to come forward and inform the police and the fugitive will tracked down.”

Speaking to journalists, Minani, who said that he was a driver of Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the Minster of family promotion in the genocidal regime, who was convicted for committing Genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), denied any role in the Genocide.

He said he has been frequenting to Rwanda bringing new imported vehicles from the port of Dare-Salaam disguising as Tanzanian.

“Minani was arrested following information that he had entered Rwanda driving one of the new imported vehicles belonging to one of the local car trading company, and was tracked down all the way to Kigali,” ACP Twahirwa said.

By Robert Muriisa, RNP.

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