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"We're Not Harbouring Mengistu, We Allowed Him To Stay," - Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ambassador Frederick Shava has denied reports that the southern African country was hiding Ethiopian genocide fugitive and former President, Mengistu Haile Mariam.

In an exclusive interview with VOA Zimbabwe, Shava said:

If the people of Ethiopia approach the government of Zimbabwe, appropriate steps will be taken by the Government of Zimbabwe in response to the request, to the legitimate request from the government of Ethiopia.

We are not harboring Mr. Menguistu, we have allowed Mr. Mengistu to stay in Zimbabwe since he fell out with his people in Ethiopia. It was not a conspiracy, everybody knew he was coming here with his family, and there is no comparison with what you are asking about (Mpiranya).

This marks a shift in policy after Zimbabwe’s late former Information Minister, Tichaona Jokonya, told VOA in 2009 that Harare was not going to extradite Mengistu.

Jokonya said Mengistu came to Zimbabwe as a fugitive, as a refugee, and under the United Nations convention, a refugee is protected in the country he flies to.

Mengistu was sentenced to death in 2008 in absentia after fleeing to Zimbabwe in 1991 following his ouster. He was charged with genocide, homicide, illegal imprisonment and property seizures.

This comes amid accusations that Zimbabwe was also harbouring a Rwandan national, Protais Mpiranya who was wanted for his alleged involvement in the 1994 genocide.

Protais Mpiranya was head of Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana’s presidential guard and was accused of ordering the murder of the then-Prime Minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimana. 

Shava told VOA that Harare had “fully co-operated with the UN Residual Mechanism in its investigations” to find Mpiranya who was charged in 2000 by the International Criminal Court for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

He said Harare was not aware that Mpiranya was in the country until after he was found dead by a United Nations team tracking him down.

He promised that the country will investigate how Mpiranya was able to evade capture in the country until his death in 2006.

More: Pindula News; NewZimbabwe


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15 Comments

Tisa 1 month ago

...flock together. Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who are.


Night xul Graduate 1 month ago

if my memory serves me right Tichaona Jokonya passed on in 2006.so apo pamati he tald VOA in 2009 panofanira paita error


Machiavelli 1 month ago

I find it in bad taste that Zimbabwe has failed to deport Mengistu Haile Mariam knowing fully well that he was sentenced in absentia.

How can you harbour a criminal knowing fully well he committed atrocities in his home country?


Ed 1 month ago

Zanu ikutobhadharisa mbavha ne mhondi kugara munyika muno...


🤨🤨 1 month ago

Ko ana jonso varikunana Kenya uko zvkudii ktaurwa vanhu ngavasadaro so hee woti nhamo aa nhai vakomana ana kasukuwere vese avo vari kunze uko Ed chaiye akatiza wani paya achidiwa na mugabe paya wani shut up mhani


Dr Hercules 1 month ago

Criminals Harbour criminals


Negus Negusta 1 month ago

Mengistu's father was accused of smoothering Emperor Hail Selassie I in his sleep with a pillow and buried him in a shallow and unmarked grave.His end ,it seems ,is befitting.
The Lord is patient in his judgement.


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dispenser 1 month ago

birds of e same feather ,it's not a surprise . unfortunately those of our country will not be allowed to other countries,even that Mengistu country.


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

ZANU PF yamakavhotera iyi, ayi sarenda


Mpiranya 1 month ago

Ko maZimbabweans Ari kukoromorawo kune dzimwe nyika arikuitwa sei


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

If Ethiopians do not ask for H M Mariam's extradition now, the Ethiopians may lose out because he is too old. Minguist maoy pass on at anytime now.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Asalif 1 month ago

but you said for yourself he was charged in absentia after he ran away and you know his crimes so cooperate repatriate the criminals


baba jukwa 1 month ago

Zimbabwe has become a safe heaven for all criminals on the run, that's what happenes kana nyika yakatongwa ne ma criminals its simple logic " criminals harbour criminals"


Chamhamha 1 month ago

Ngwarirai kunzwa kuti Adolf Hitler arimuno muZimbabwe


Salazar 1 month ago

After he fell out with his people of Ethiopia. And was sentenced to death in absentia . Suspects can be extradited from forein countries but a convicted sentenced genocide perpetrator is protected on this country . Birds of the same feather .....



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