Gacaca courts have done a wonderful job

Editor, From the on set, the idea of establishing Gacaca courts after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi was a good idea since it was based on people’s views and its success, therefore, does not surprise many Rwandans. The report by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission that revealed that over 93% of Rwandans believe that the Gacaca courts were very influential in delivering justice and facilitating the successful reconciliation of Rwandans does not shock me at all.

Editor,

From the on set, the idea of establishing Gacaca courts after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi was a good idea since it was based on people’s views and its success, therefore, does not surprise many Rwandans.

The report by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission that revealed that over 93% of Rwandans believe that the Gacaca courts were very influential in delivering justice and facilitating the successful reconciliation of Rwandans does not shock me at all.

The survey, titled, - the National Reconciliation Barometer-which showed that most Rwandans believe that, through Gacaca, the truth about the genocide, as it really happened, was revealed and that those convicted through the system got fair punishment-simply means that the traditional courts achieved what was expected of them.

Life is about honesty and since Gacaca was set up following a wider consultations among   Rwandans, it must be commended.Other countries may want to learn a lesson or two.

Enid Agaba
Kicukiro

 

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