The government has denied harbouring the Rwandan genocide fugitive Protais Mpiranya after it emerged that he died in 2006 and was buried under a false name in Harare.
The remains of Mpiranya, alias Ndume Sambao, were traced to a grave at Granville Cemetery in Harare, popularly known as Kumbudzi.
In a statement Sunday, Foreign Affairs and International trade minister, Fredrick Shava, said Zimbabwe cooperated with United Nations (UN) prosecutors and investigators in trailing Mpiranya, hence had nothing to hide.
“As a law-abiding nation, Zimbabwe will never harbour criminals and welcomes findings from the DNA samples extracted from the fugitive,” Shava.
Shava said international mainstream media and social media are running a smear campaign seeking to portray Zimbabwe as aiding, abetting and hiding a fugitive.
He said that the office of the UN Prosecutor responsible for tracking Rwandan fugitives and the Zimbabwean authorities established a joint task force to coordinate investigations and strengthen cooperation.