Rwanda killers face local justiceWell the Gacaca courts were somewhat of a good idea, I believe, as Rwanda has such a back log of (what I believe are mostly innocent) Hutu prisoners that need to get on with their lives. Some have indeed commited crimes of genocide and should be punished. But the RPF regime, as well as some envious neighbours, also jailed people they simply wanted out of the way, on trumped up charges, and hopefully the Gacaca courts will be able to weed those out. I have issues - obviously - with Pres. Kagame, but I have to concede to him that using the Gacaca courts was a tremendously good idea, as it uses the most progressive of our African traditions, to solve an African problem. In other words, it is a call to self-sufficiency, and primary self-reliance, on the continent, and in Rwanda. It is about time that we actually used our PROGRESSIVE traditions - as opposed to the RESTRICTIVE and DESTRUCTIVE ones that people always defend on high, like FGMs, suborination of women, or arranged marriages. So Kagame is still a murder-planner of Congolese people, but he is definitely a smart one. Now, let's make sure these courts judge fairly... and that is quite a challenge, considering the situation. I wonder...
Traditional community courts in Rwanda begin to try people accused of involvement in the 1994 genocide.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Posted by TheMalau at 6:30 AM
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