MPs should not hide under parliamentary immunity

Editor, I am grateful to The National Police  because they are doing a commendable work. Their move on Wednesday, this week, to arrest a Member of Parliament, Alexandre Ashinzwuwera, who allegedly battered his 12-year old younger brother, will send a strong signal to all members of our society that nobody can violate the law and gets away with it.

Editor,

I am grateful to The National Police  because they are doing a commendable work. Their move on Wednesday, this week, to arrest a Member of Parliament, Alexandre Ashinzwuwera, who allegedly battered his 12-year old younger brother, will send a strong signal to all members of our society that nobody can violate the law and gets away with it.

Though it is still too early to apportion blame, the lawmakers’ record is expected to be beyond reproach. They are expected to be credible and honest.

It’s, therefore, a big irony when MPs who are supposed to uphold the rights of the people – which they, themselves, enact – are the same people who violate them.

If an Honourable Member of Parliament cannot control his anger, and go on to take the law in their own hands, how about ordinary mortals of society who don’t even know what the law says? If indeed, the legislator is guilty of the alleged attack on the young boy, he should never be allowed to return to parliament because his conduct taints the otherwise good image of the august House.

All Rwandans are equal before the law and the police did the right thing to put the offender behind bars. Yes, I can now proudly say that the days of impunity are no more in my beloved country.

Julius Kambanda
Nyamasheke

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