Prosecutors from East African Partner States yesterday visited Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre in order to fully understand the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The prosecutors were here partly to attend the just concluded General Assembly of the National Public Prosecutions Authority (NPPA) that took place Thursday.
“We invited them here today so that they too can witness the evils done by those who committed genocide and help us catch those who are living in their countries.” Alphonse Hitiyaremye, the Deputy Prosecutor General said.
The chief prosecutors from Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, also visited a TIG (Works for General Interest) site in Gasabo District where Genocide convicts do community work as an alternative to imprisonment.
During the trip prosecutors said they had been ‘encouraged’ by this form of justice dispensation which they urged should be emulated by their countries as it allows criminals to reform while the community and the nation benefit from the works.
“Thank you for letting us be part of your history and more importantly your future,” said Kariako Tobiko, the Kenyan Prosecutor General on behalf of the visiting delegation.
Other Prosecutor Generals present were Richard Butera (Uganda), Elysee Ndaye (Burundi), and E. Felishi from Tanzania.
The General Assembly of National Public Prosecutors was held to discuss achievements of the year 2008 and the plan of action for 2009.