Gacaca courts have brought real justice

Editor, I often wonder why some people continously bury their heads in the sand like ostriches and ingore cold hard facts.To say that there is no value associated to the justice that has been implemented by the Gacaca courts is sheer ignorance. It’s over 15 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and immeasurable progress has been achieved as pertains to bringing justice and reconciliation in thousands of local constituencies. I must say “job well” done by Rwanda’s Gacaca courts.

Editor,

I often wonder why some people continously bury their heads in the sand like ostriches and ingore cold hard facts.To say that there is no value associated to the justice that has been implemented by the Gacaca courts is sheer ignorance.

It’s over 15 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and immeasurable progress has been achieved as pertains to bringing justice and reconciliation in thousands of local constituencies. I must say “job well” done by Rwanda’s Gacaca courts.

Some crazy critics continuously demonstrate their total ignorance of the process; they have written and argued that this way of bringing justice is not valuable, but from the way it looks to me, criminals who have been roaming free since 1994 are being brought to justice today.

Murder is a terrible crime that cannot be ignored. The fact that Epaphrodite Nzeyimana a.k.a ‘Isidore Mahoro’ of  Musambira in Kamonyi district, has been brought to justice by a Gacaca court three days ago is impressive.

This was no different for the perpetrator couple who have been hiding in South Africa, Dr Pierre Mugabo and his wife Felicité Musanganire- the doctor was sentenced to 30 years by the Gacaca court in Ngoma Sector, Southern Province last year, while his wife was sentenced to 25 years in 2006 for genocide crimes.

Concealing your identity or changing your location will not annul the former crimes committed during the Genocide, which is why more genocidaires are being tracked down from all corners of the globe. Justice seeks to correct what was done wrong. It’s a basic universal principle.
                     
Matilda Mukamugema
Kimironko

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