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Come clean on fugitive

Publication Date: 6/21/2008

The Kenyan authorities must come clean on the issue of Rwandan fugitive Felicien Kabuga or risk being accused of complicity in his uncanny ability to avoid capture.

It was great embarrassment for the Kenyan security and intelligence operators to arrest a University of Nairobi lecturer merely on the ground that he resembles Kabuga.

Is there someone who is trying to divert attention by telling the world,  through bogus arrests, that he or she is working hard to locate the fugitive?

It would not make sense for Kabuga, who has a bounty on his head, to be teaching at a Kenyan university, interacting openly with students and fellow lecturers and still evade the dragnet.

How can Kenya’s capable investigators tail Dr Charles Nyandwi for months without realising that he is not Kabuga?

The bungled arrest in the ostensible search for Kabuga has only worsened the situation for Kenya in the eyes of the international community, given that some elements in the previous and the current regimes are suspected of harbouring and protecting the fugitive for selfish ends.

All we have been told is that Kabuga was one of the architects of the 1994 Rwanda massacre and that he owned Radio de Mille Collines that incited Hutus against Tutsis.

His guilt or innocence are yet to be established by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, and the Kenyan authorities should not be seen to be standing in the way.

If the authorities know where the man is, they should come clean, just like they did in the late 1990s when they handed over to the Turkish authorities Kurdish secessionist leader Abdullah Ochalan.

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Secretary general of Chama Cha Mwananchi. This blog www.chamachamwananchi.wordpress.com, is based in Sweden.


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