US says Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga still in Kenya
Arusha – The US government has again affirmed that the most wanted Genocide fugitive, billionaire Felicien Kabuga, has not left Kenya – disputing claims that he has relocated to Belgium with all his money.
The United States Ambassador at Large for War Crime Issues, Stephen Rapp said Tuesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) that he had received reports in 2010 suggesting Kabuga was still in Kenya.
“We have continued citing reports that come to us of his presence in Kenya in 2010,” Rapp said at the end of a two-day visit of the Tribunal, based in Arusha, Tanzania.
In March, Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told reporters in Nairobi that the most wanted fugitive could not be in Kenya – citing the good relations between Kigali and Nairobi.
“Felicien Kabuga is the man who financed the genocide. We have no idea where he is. It has been said he has been living in Kenya but the administration has assured he is not around,” Mushikiwabo said.
Then in June, her Kenyan counterpart Moses Wetangula was in Kigali where he also made it clear than ever that Kabuga had relocated to Belgium after moving all his money.
Kenya’s top diplomat told reporters after meeting President Kagame there was no way Kabuga could be still living in Kenya without any money.
“Naturally a man lives where his money is,” said Wetangula.
But it seems the US government which has put a $5million bounty on Kabuga’s head is not convinced.
In Arusha on Tuesday, the US Ambassador for war crimes recalled that he had similar information in 2005 through 2007 but the arrest was not affected due to lack of collaboration between the ICTR Prosecutor and the Kenyan authorities.
Rapp said he believes the recent meeting between the ICTR and Kenya and establishment of the new constitution in Kenya would enhance the cooperation to effect the arrest and ultimately transfer of Kabuga to ICTR.
‘’It is not impossible that this information has not been followed up because of lack of collaboration between the prosecutor and Kenyan authorities,” he said.
The Ambassador clearly stated that the ICTR prosecutor did not have enough investigators, police or an army which would track down the culprit but depended on the members of United Nations like Kenya to collaborate in the arrest and transfer of the fugitives.