Law makers, why punish whistle blowers?

Dear editor, I would like to comment on the tabled bill in senate against genocide. The bill on genocide ideology has gone to the Senate, after sailing through the lower chamber of Parliament. Genocide ideology has recently been revealed in several schools across the country which requires stringent laws to check it.

Dear editor,

I would like to comment on the tabled bill in senate against genocide. The bill on genocide ideology has gone to the Senate, after sailing through the lower chamber of Parliament. Genocide ideology has recently been revealed in several schools across the country which requires stringent laws to check it.

However, if the bill is passed in its present form, it is my humble submission that it may not serve the purpose for which it is intended. The recent argument by vice speaker of the Senate, Polisi Denise that the controversial provision is meant to provide justice to all Rwandans is not an adequate explanation to justify punishing the whistle blower; who on clear grounds will have reported the suspect. It seems like having a law in place criminalising genocide ideology on the one hand, while intimidating whistle blowers on the other. If it is for good intentions, then make it a standard practice that any person who falsely accuses another, serves part the sentence since many cases begin as mere allegations. Whatever the explanation, reporting genocide ideology in the country will appear costly and in the end genocide ideology will prevail. Having other mechanisms to check the vice would be better than having such a law in place which in essence appears to be a tool to punish those against genocide ideology.

 

KIGALI

 

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