The revelation by the Public Prosecutions Authority, that African countries have remained adamant against bringing to book fugitives responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, is rather unsettling.
As Africans, we must demonstrate some degree of unity, if we are to earn respect from the rest of the World, and collaborating in this regard is the best way to demonstrate this harmony.
Genocide is not a crime that was committed against the Rwandan people; it was committed against the entire human race, which compels everyone, especially African countries, to ensure that its perpetrators are brought to account. Impunity must be fought and every jurisdiction has to play its part, no matter where the perpetrators are hiding.
And, it is equally absurd that some of the countries where the Genocidaires have found safe haven, belong to the same regional organisations with Rwanda – a case in point is COMESA.
The continued protection of these fugitives does not only encourage impunity, but also undermines the spirit of integration.
Hopefully, as the Prosecutor General reiterated, the ongoing talks with Mozambique, which has the biggest number of indicted suspects, will produce results and the 11 suspects believed to be in that country will soon have their day in court.