The genocide saga that is Kabuga

So, it turns out Felicien Kabuga, he that is said to have masterminded the Rwandan genocide has a very special wife. Josephine Mukazitoni is special indeed. She has stood by his fugitive man for years and has now won an appeal that will see her husbands assets “de frozen” – if all goes to plan.

That Kabuga has eluded justice for all these years even with such a hefty amount of money (US$ 5 million) on his head does not surprise a soul. As a rich businessman with direct and indirect contacts with the pre-genocide regime in Rwanda, he made money and it is his own money and his connections that have kept him out of prison for this long – sadly, it might as well keep him out for life.

When you have both someone so rich that they can buy their own freedom, and someone very willing to provide it at the right price, then as a prosecutor, as experience has shown, it is better to find another route.

There is every likelihood Mukazitoni will win her case against the Kenyan government because while Kenya as a UN member has the obligation to help trace Kabuga, it does not have the right to freeze his assets. And this is surely what her well paid lawyers will be trying to point out.

And this is not even the big question. The question is, how has Kabuga, a simple man born in unknown Muniga-Mukarange, Byumba, managed to stay out of the dock for all these years even when he has been romoured to be living in Kenya – a few miles from where he is wanted for genocide?

Call it what you want but there seems to be a big correlation between being rich and eluding justice. Remember Radovan Karadzic, he lived among Serbs as a general, a traitor and also a traditional healer. Sometimes when things fall apart, it is difficult to know who is who and as long as they know what they are doing, we may never know for sure.


Author: ellyakanga

I am Eleneus Akanga. Welcome to my blog about my experience as a Rwandan journalist and all that comes with the trade in East Africa. It's been a great journey so far but very challenging at times. Join me, let's get cracking!

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