By Spy Uganda Correspondent
Twenty-seven years after the Rwandan genocide, five central figures are yet to be located and brought to book, with the US State Department putting up US$5 million for information leading to their capture.
The suspected fugitives are Protais Mpiranya, 62, once believed to be hiding in Zimbabwe or South Africa, Aloys Ndibati, who, as mayor of the Kibuye commune participated in the killings, and Fulgence Kayishema, 62, an inspector with the judicial police at the time, Phenias Munyarugarama, 74, then a senior officer in the former Rwanda Armed Forces, and Charles Ryandikayo, 61, a businessman in Kibuye at the time.
The State Department, through the War Crimes Rewards Programme (WRCP), said, “the genocide in Rwanda took place 27 years ago and some of those responsible are still at large. Submit a clue that results in an arrest and gets paid”.
Zimbabwe local news, this week reported that a team of investigators under the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) were in the country, searching for Mpiranya.
Some previous reports claimed Mpiranya died a decade ago in the country, but IRMCT was looking to fact-check those allegations.
Zimbabwe news quoting anonymous sources said a grave had been identified and plans to exhume it for DNA were underway to determine if it was Mpiranya. that many of them had fled to neighboring countries.
Since then, Rwanda had been cooperating with other countries in areas of security and crime under which people wanted for their role in the genocide fell.
The last prominent arrest was Ladislas Ntaganzwa, 60, in 2015.
Ntaganzwa, as mayor of Nyakizu, a commune of Butare, was instrumental in the massacre of thousands of Tutsis at various locations, according to President Paul Kagame’s government.