Time is running out slowly but surely for the top Genocidaires who have been living free off the fat of the land and mocking justice, with the arrest of Dominique Ntawukuriryayo in France.
Ntawukuriryayo, a category one Genocide suspect and son-in-law to another top fugitive Felicien Kabuga, was arrested last week through concerted efforts by Interpol and the French police in Southern France. He is accused of, among other crimes, killing, and coordinating the massacre of up to 25,000 people in just one incident.
It does not warm the heart, but it certainly is satisfying that these murderers should be brought to book and get their just desserts.
His arrest touches the ICTR’s list of the most wanted 15 fugitives to stand trial over committing genocide and crimes against humanity among others, as two others from this list, Wenceslas Munyeshyaka and Laurent Bucyibaruta, await to go through court processes in order to be formally charged.
If the battle against genocidaires abroad is being fought with some degree of success albeit slowly, back home we should step up the fight and throw in everything we have so that we stamp them out completely.
Many deaths and harassment of Genocide survivors have been reported in the Southern Province, and we echo Prime Minister Bernard Makuza’s frustration at the continuing state of affairs. Rwanda should be talking and acting development now. Any other issue would be diversionary.
People who still hold genocide ideology are lost and are totally in the wrong place, and they will eventually be identified and arrested, as there is no room for them and their murderous ideology in Rwanda now.
For the local leaders, village security committees should become more vigilant, for the war is apparently not totally won yet.
There is no one who will secure our security better than ourselves in our own cells and imidugudu. It is also easier to spot characters shunning reconciliation and unity initiatives and monitor their activities to assess their role in village insecurity scenarios.
Otherwise reports related to the Genocide ideology being alive and kicking are on the increase.