On Friday, October 1, the UN released the DRC Mapping exercise report that alleges Rwandan troops committed crimes against humanity in the Congo, going ahead to further suggest that there was a deliberate move to kill Hutus.
This flawed report not only attempts to rewrite Rwanda’s history, but poses a threat to regional security. When it was initially leaked in its draft form, Rwanda and other countries were justly riled and came out openly to denounce both the report and its leakage it to the press.
The language of the final report may have been toned down, but that did not stop the credibility of the report to come under serious scrutiny.
Elements of manipulation, contradiction, omissions and the overall flawed methodology are some of the issues that serve as proof that the reports lacks credibility.
Rwandans and friends of Rwanda from across the globe last week came out to protest the report. It was a commendable show of solidarity but beyond that, the UN should listen to what is being objected to, and act accordingly.
The areas of objection are legitimate and should not be taken lightly.
The Rwandan people have lived through hell, but still emerged to reconstruct their country to internationally acclaimed levels. No one should have the right to take away what Rwandans have achieved; be it be peace, stability, development or of course, the restoration of dignity.
The report may have attempted to tarnish Rwanda, but to the citizens, the hard work and remarkable progress will not be deterred by such hitches.