The grit summoned by Africans to defeat colonialism is once again being aroused to confront neo-colonialism and its arrogance. That is what was passionately demonstrated last Friday in Addis Ababa, where African ministers of Justice and Attorneys General gathered to deliberate, among other issues, on Europe’s reincarnated contemptuous attitude towards Africa.
Tackling the colonial nostalgia head on is what African states have found necessary in the wake of maliciously calculated and sustained affront by European judges, under the guise Universal Jurisdiction. The latest are hollow indictments coming at intervals of twelve months, against Rwanda’s political and military leaders.
A French judge early last year and a Spanish one two months ago sought to throw spanners in Rwanda’s recovery wheel by turning those who stopped the Genocide, also running the country at the moment, into accomplices of the horror. Never been to Rwanda, never bothered to carry out any investigations, did not find it worthy to involve the Rwandan judiciary, and, saw no wisdom in asking questions to the so-called suspects; still, the two judges found ‘basis’ for their indictments!
Sadly these insensitive indictments, which have been referred to as bogus, have twice come just before the mourning period. The authors of the arrogance project have found it a perfect gift for the nation on remembrance eves. The bereaved nation reads in them a bone of contention: foreign powers who armed and bank-rolled Genocidaires, and angry that the RPF/A denied them chance to see through their agenda, pay back by demonizing it.
In other words it is a form of punishment, never mind that it is laced all round with frustration on the part of those meting it out on the innocent, for the umpteenth time. There is even no trace of shame that the indictments are typically text copies of various scripts ever written by extremists, known in the fair world to still habour the killer instinct.
It always was going to come to an end somehow. It is reassuring that Africans are determined to fight in unison. They see it, and truly so, as a common problem which requires a combined effort. As they resist, they sure will find some nations and individual humans who will heed the call to view all mankind as equal.