Rwanda Diaspora racketeer refugees in Malawi and export K12m of forex to their
By Malaw Exclusive
While many Malawian business communities were helping their people, including those being hosted from other countries, with funds to effectively tackle the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, a select group of Rwandan immigrants in Malawi mobilized funds mainly through racketeering of helpless refugees so that K12m could be sent to Rwanda for its fight against the pandemic.
Their action has raised eyebrows that the Rwandan immigrants have preferred to help their compatriots back home while forsaking their host nation’s own needs since over K12 million has externalised and drained the Malawi forex basket.
This while the refugees have been endeavoring to raise funds and other materials so that they can assist Malawi and its communities in different ways.
Information sourced from within and outside the country validate that the Rwandans have been piling up pressure on refugees living in Malawi, who are doing small scale businesses to donate towards the course.
Disabling these refugees from mobilizing funds and material to help Malawi in its own fight against the current pandemic.
It is reported that from March 2020, a group led by businesspersons Gentille Giramata and Sad Karegeya were going door to door of other businessmen as well as small scale refugee businesspersons to collect funds to send to Rwanda for
the fight against pandemic.
Teams that racketeered refugees were sent to Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu, Mangochi and other parts of Malawi.
While it is commendable that business communities responded positively to the current challenges of this global pandemic, this group chose to put immense pressures and physical threats on refugees who fled Rwanda and who mostly live in fear of what the current Rwandan regime has done to their families and can still do.
Though some businesspersons were eager to fund these efforts, many were put under severe pressure and the refugees themselves were threatened to contribute.
Igihe.com, a Rwandan newspaper, reports on May 9 that Rwandan Diaspora vice-president Ephrem Ngizwenayo did the fundraising in order to gain favors from the Rwandan government.
The same sources report that these acts of racketeering of refugees by the Rwanda Diaspora in Malawi happen regularly and when the approached refugees do not comply, in many cases are threatened at gunpoint.
While the refugees are very grateful for the refuge and peace Malawi has provided them, they have been living in fear and in astonishment because of how these unlawful and thuggish practices are tolerated in a democratic and just nation such as Malawi.