There have been reports to the effect that some African countries are reluctant to arrest fugitives suspected to have played a role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Much of this criticism is directed towards countries in South and West Africa where suspected perpetrators are safely residing.
Though Rwanda has repeatedly placed the suspects under red notice and issued indictments, all these endeavors seem to be falling on deaf ears.
This has partly prompted a continental Non Governmental Organization, “Africa Internally Displaced Persons’ Voice” to demand action from the African governments.
Rwanda has to-date issued more than 25 indictments against fugitives living in the countries of Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, DRC, Cote D’Ivoire and Gabon but none of these suspects has been brought to book.
It’s hard to believe that Western countries are showing more commitment in apprehending these fugitives than our own brothers and sisters on the Africa continent.
It’s indeed a shame that countries as far as Canada are heeding to the call than our backdoor neighbors.
The Prosecution Department receives a delegation of investigators, almost every week, from Europe and North America eager to unearth the truth behind these indictments, but hardly has any African nation sent in a delegation.
The call has been made by many, including the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), but what most African governments have perfected, is to deny the allegations instead of launching investigations.
The question here is; why are African countries more protective of these fugitives? To break this paradox, the African Union and the United Nations need to take up this issue as a matter of urgency and compel African nations to show more commitment in apprehending these wanted suspects.