On February 6, a Spanish judge, Fernando Andreu of Spain’s National Court, indicted a total of 40 former and current Rwandan army officers on charges of mass murder and crimes against humanity in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. Understandably, this has sparked off a wave of protests and high indignation from the Rwandan population. Rwandans are amazed at the charges of impropriety which some western countries continue to lay against the liberators of Rwanda.
We continue to wonder at the motives behind the continuous meddling in our affairs, when such very powerful countries failed to meddle when we needed them most.
The world recognises the fact that the 1994 Rwandan Genocide should not have occurred if they, even through the United Nations that had a mandate here, had taken the obviously proper steps to contain it. Instead the world simply watched as ghastly after ghastly scenes flashed on their living room television sets; and it took the gallant, heroic efforts of Rwandan people themselves to extricate themselves and others from the misgovernance that had occasioned this brutal and unforgettable slaughter.
Since then, individually and collectively, there have been apologies for non-action, or even direct action. A number of countries are making up for their catastrophic “oversight”, working together with the current government to put things right as best they can. It is an act of providence that these countries have found a selfless, determined leadership to drive Rwanda to prosperity and unity, to work with, and so Rwanda is prospering.
That the perpetractors and Genocide deniers have found sympathetic ears among a section the European judiciary with racist overtones and political interests is clear evidence hasn’t learnt from the 1994 mass salughter of the Rwandan people.
It is a sad commentary on society that in this era an educated individual in the west is still gullible enough to believe that there was no Genocide in Rwanda, after numerous fugitives fled the country with millions of dollars and are using them to spread harmful propaganda against the current leadership.
Against great, great odds, Rwandans succeeded in liberating themselves. Take note, Fernando, Bruguire, and all you Kabugas, that Rwanda will still prosper even if you indicted all Rwandans.