"Some Rwandan officials imagine that the hard work has already been done, and that when American CEOs sing a country’s praises, a future of milk and honey is close at hand. The attention of these CEOs is, of course, just an indicator of promise, not the reward of a completed project."
The above quote is from an article – The Rwandan Paradox: Is Rwanda a Model for an Africa beyond Aid? – by Mauro De Lorenzo of American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy and Research
The author being a seasoned researcher must have come across a number of Rwandans who think we are home and dry (on our way to economic development), going by the achievements under our belt so far. And so since he sees differently, he takes it upon himself to ring a bell to signal a journey only just started, however well.
By saying ‘some Rwandans’, it is implied herein that there are others, particularly those who have been longer at the heart of the Revolution to turn around national fate, and remained more focused than the rest, who are under no illusion that we have arrived. Yet the degree of variance in regard to different Rwandans’ interpretations of the progress so far made has to be minimal in order to maximize results from combined efforts.
Now last Wednesday’s indictments by a Spanish judge against 40 senior Rwandan military officers for alleged mass murder and other crimes against humanity in the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide might end up bearing unwanted fruits for those who sanctioned them – more solidarity among Rwandans.
If anyone thought that we have total freedom to mobilize all available resources for development and then we go cruising, the indictments will serve as a harsh reminder that more barriers are yet to be encountered ahead.
There are people out there, Rwandans are reminded, willing to spend time and money simply to curtail our liberties. They will resort to judicial terrorism if they have to, simply to derail us. They will remain restless until the ‘double genocide’ theory gets attention.
Last year these forces worked through French judge Bruguiere. This time (mark the similarity in timing) their works have surfaced through Spain’s Merrelles.
We may as well brace for 100 indictments by, who knows, a German judge next year. After all, Ignace Murwanashyaka will have stayed in that country long enough for his campaign to bear such evil fruit. It is just so that we are aware that more work is needed to be done.