National
Rwanda yet to name wanted refugees
Publish Date: Jan 29, 2014
Rwanda yet to name wanted refugees
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Moses Walubiri

Government has quickly moved to refute reports that it’s already considering Rwanda’s request to extradite seven of its nationals enjoying refugee status in Uganda, clarifying that it’s yet to receive the names of the ‘wanted people.’


Rwanda, through its Inspector General of Police, Emmanuel Gasana, without naming names, recently requested the extradition of seven refugees it accused of committing a litany of crimes.

State Minister for Refugees, Musa Ecweru, was earlier this week quoted by French News Agency (AFP) as saying that government is considering Rwanda’s request, implicitly indicating that Kigali had finally submitted the names of the wanted refugees.

“Rwanda is yet to give us the names,” Commissioner for Refugees, Apollo Kazungu, said when asked about the AFP report, adding; “In any case, we will strictly abide by the laws and conventions governing refugees.”

Kazungu said Rwanda will have to adduce a convincing case that the refugees being sought have genuine criminal charges to answer, noting; “being granted refugee status doesn’t grant any one amnesty from prosecution for crimes committed.”

According to Article 41 of the Refugee Act, the Minister for Refugees in consultation with Commissioner for Refugees might okay the extradition of a person granted refugee status to a country which has extradition agreement with Uganda.

However, the offences which might occasion the extradition of such refugees ought not to be political in nature.

Ecweru averred that he had been misquoted, and no consideration of extradition of refugees was being considered as reported by AFP.

“The position is that government has not received names for any refugees for extradition, and if we do, the international conventions governing refugees will strictly apply,” Ecweru said, revealing that “government is keen to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing Mutabazi incident.”

Government was in October last year left with egg in face when Lt. Joel Mutabazi was fraudulently expatriated to Rwanda, despite having been granted refugee status a few months earlier.

A former body guard of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame, Mutabazi was long sought after by Kigali, with his expatriation spawning remonstrations from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Police Spokesperson, Judith Nabakoba, noted that at the time of his questionable extradition, the Ugandan authorities were in receipt of an international warrant of arrest for Mutabazi over bank robbery charges.

Uganda, according to UNHCR, is hosting close to 20,000 Rwandan refugees, with the recent admission of Rwandese expelled from northern Tanzania set to swell their ranks.
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Police arrests five over Kampala bank robbery
Police in Kampala have arrested five people in connection with the robbery of a bank, one month after a countrywide hunt by the Police Flying Squad....
Gov’t needs sh2.2trillion for HIV/Aids control by 2016
Government needs about sh2.2trillion for HIV/Aids response by the year 2016, money that is required to procure antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, HIV test kits and other related supplies....
Health commission to replace dead, retired health workers
The Health Service Commission says it is set to replace over 800 health workers who have reached the retirement age of 60 and those who have died....
‘With honest people, Uganda can be richest nation’
Retired Archbishop of the CoU, Henry Luke Orombi says Uganda can be the wealthiest nation on the planet if citizens are honest....
Museveni respects my advice, says AG
The Attorney General, Peter Nyombi, has said President Yoweri Museveni is “satisfied” with his “controversial” legal opinions...
MPs condemn KCCA staff
MPs condemn the “brutality” meted on suspects by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) law enforcers....
Do you agree with the ban on the export of maids?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter