President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika’s administration has been given 48 hours ultimatum to arrest and extradite Rwandan genocide convict, Vincent Murekezi.

Two weeks ago local media houses in the country exposed report that the country is illegally hosting a 1994 Rwandan genocide convict, Vincent Murekezi who is now a holder of Malawian passport under the name Vincent Banda.

National Prosecution Authority in Rwanda confirmed that he is a genocide convict having duly tried by the country’s courts on crimes against humanity following the country’s brutal and protracted 1994 genocide which saw about a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu’s being butchered.

Since the story came out government has been so silent on the matter with Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Obama Chiumia backing the suspect, saying he is a successful businessman in the country.

On Thursday a group of civil rights activists led by a fierce critic of the government Phillip Kamangira marched to Parliament to deliver a petition a asking government act on the matter within the said time.

Speaking after presenting the petition to parliament through Committee on Defence and Security, Kamangira said government should probe on how the convict acquired the passports and that all person involved in the process be suspended, investigated and prosecuted.

“We demand that the convict be extradited for fear of compromising national security. The government must withdraw the two passports in the custody of the convict should be withdrawn within 24 hours otherwise we will organize national vigils and demonstrations to force the government to take action,” said Kamangira in his trademark red beret like that of firebrand South African Julius Malema.

Kamangira also demanded an apology from Home Affairs minister Chiumia for her comments which have been construed as backing the fugitive genocide convict.

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