A Genocide fugitive, Thadee Kwitonda, was arrested yesterday morning near the Belgian Embassy in Kampala.
According to Ugandan press, Kwitonda was captured after a 30-minute operation conducted by a Ugandan Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) team.
The development came as a surprise to Rwandan authorities who thought Kwitonda was on Belgian soil, according to prosecution.
“This is a big surprise because we have been working with the Belgian authorities for the last two years to arrest and extradite Kwitonda. This is good news for justice, but we will wait for confirmation from our Ugandan neighbours. As for now, we have not yet received information about the development from the Ugandan authorities,” John Bosco Siboyintore, the Head of Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit, said yesterday.
According to Ugandan press, Kwitonda had reportedly denounced his Rwandan nationality opting for Belgian citizenship and was reportedly attached to the Belgium Embassy in Kampala.
Article in Kinyarwanda
Kwitonda ukekwaho Jenoside y’abatutsi ya 1994 yafatiwe muri Uganda
Thadée Kwitonda , ukekwaho kuba yaragize uruhare muri jenoside yakorewe abatutsi mu mwaka wa 1994 yafatiwe muri Uganda kuri uyu wa kane tariki 05 Nyakanga 2012 afashwe (n’ibiro by’ Ubugenzacyaha no gukurikirana ibyaha bYa police ya Uganda ( CIID ).
Amakuru ava mu itangazamakuru mu gihugu cya Uganda avuga ko Kwitonda yafashwe nyuma y’iminota 30 polisi ya Uganda imuhiga.
Aya makuru akomeza avuga ko Kwitonda amaze gufatwa yahakanaga ko ari umunyarwanda kuko yari yaramaze kubona ubwenegihugu bw’u Bubirigi.
Jean Bosco Sibayintore uyoboye itsinda rishinzwe gukurikirana abakoze jenoside mu Rwanda muri 1994 aganira n’ikinyamakuru The New Times yavuze ko byabatangaje cyane kuko bakekaga ko Kwitonda aherereye mu gihugu cy’u Bubirigi.
Sibayintore yakomeje agira ati “Iyi ni inkuru nziza ku Rwanda kuko twari tuzi ko Kwitonda ari mu Bubirigi, twagerageje gukorana n’ubutabera bw’u Bubirigi kuva mu myaka 2 ishize ngo dufate Thadée Kwitonda ariko byari byarananiranye, ubwo dutegereje ko abaturanyi ba Uganda batwemerera ko bamufashe kuko natwe ibyo turabibona mu itangazamakuru.”