It is good news that Léopold Munyakazi, a Genocide fugitive was suspended by the American, Goucher College, where he has been staying under the cover of teaching French.
His suspension paves way for prosecution with full investigations into his role, during the dark chapter of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
This, as put by the Prosecutor General, Martin Ngoga, is welcome though a bit long overdue given the fact that this man, who is not only a genocide perpetrator, but also widely known for denying the atrocities that befell Rwanda by describing them as ‘fratricide’.
This is the same song, sung by others whom the US State Department declared terrorists only a few years ago, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).
By suspending him from the school, it’s a job well done on the part of the college and a challenge to the Department of Justice…the US legal enforcers should take the lead by doing the necessary; secure his arrest so that he answers to the charges against him.
They have held this man’s indictment now close to three years, surely this is enough time to have done the necessary? As the old adage goes, justice delayed is justice denied.
Now the onus is on the new administration under President Barack Obama, to ensure that justice prevails especially to those who lost their loved ones who wait for closure to this sad chapter.
Surely, the ‘Never Again’, words of regret will gain much more meaning.
This should however serve as a wake up call for the rest of the fugitives scattered the world over, that even if they were tucked away, in a far of college in Baltimore, they will be unearthed. They can run, but they certainly cannot hide.
African states also have to be proactive in facilitating these arrests as it is well known that in some countries, these fugitives have without interruption carried on with their businesses despite the arrest warrants out for them.
It has been generally observed that Africa due to the greed of some leaders has steadfastly became a den for these bloodstained individuals, this should stop, after all, it has been proven, especially in the DR Congo that what they did here in 1994, they can easily do in any other country.