Andrew Wallis

Kabuga and Bizimana: Questions and (some) answers

The saying goes: ‘That’s just typical. You stand for hours waiting for a bus and then two come along at once’. Perhaps the same can be said of news from the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) also referred to as the Mechanism ...

Monday, May 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Juvenal Habyarimana: 21 years of tyranny and treachery?

By the middle of Shakespeare’s most famous play, Macbeth, the title character of the Scottish king is portrayed as a man sinking under the mass of his own crimes. Years of ‘vaulting’ ambition led him to launch a coup, kill the previous ruler and his supporters and seize power...

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 12:51 AM

Perfidious Albion? The strange case of General Karenzi Karake

The detention of Rwanda’s intelligence chief in London belongs to the murky area where transnational justice meets political interest, and perhaps also sheer incompetence. Even by the usual twists and turns of politicised justice that haunts European courtrooms when dealing with Rwanda, here was...

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

"Rwanda: The Untold Story": questions for the BBC

"There is no reasonable basis for anyone to dispute that, during 1994, there was a campaign of mass killing intended to destroy, in whole or at least in very large part, Rwanda’s Tutsi population… That campaign was, to a terrible degree, successful; although exact numbers may never be known, the...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Do Rwandan female students need Affirmative Action?

Editor, Refer to the story, “Low female university admissions: Is it time for affirmative action?” (Sunday Times, July 13). I for one support and encourage an affirmative action or a positive discrimination policy in the admission of girls/women in higher education. Our culture has...

Monday, July 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Thank you Rwanda Defence Forces

Editor, THIS IS in reference to the article, “Who will hold FARDC responsible for their exactions?” (The New Times, June 14). We should all be proud of Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) and the leadership. They deserve our gratitude, love and respect for their highest levels of...

Sunday, June 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

France and Rwanda’s 1994 Genocide, a long wait

The belated trial of a genocide suspect in Paris highlights the complex political relationship between Rwanda and France. It also portrays the challenges on the bumpy road to international justice. The media scrum on the first day of the trial of a wheelchair-bound Rwandan genocide suspect at the...

Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

The DR Congo: behind the headlines

Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, told the United Nations general assembly in September 2011: “‘Today, peace and security prevail throughout the national territory. All state institutions are in place and functioning normally… Today, the Democratic...

Monday, November 5, 2012, 12:00 AM

France must answer for its actions in Rwanda

•  A report into its role in the 1994 genocide has been branded ‘unacceptable’. Is there one rule for the west, another for the rest? It is not often that a tiny African country the size of Wales and with even fewer economic resources, has the temerity to publish a report accusing a permanent...

Friday, August 8, 2008, 12:00 AM

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