Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise mushikiwabo has called on Zambia to hand in six genocide fugitives believed to be hiding in the country so that they can face the law, according to News of Rwanda.
Mushikiwabo made the call when she met a delegation of Zambian lawmakers from the committee on national security and foreign affairs who were in the country early this week.
According to the Minister, Southern African Countries haven’t understood the gravity of Genocide Crime which is why many of them are still harbouring its perpetrators.
Rwanda commended Zambia’s move to hand over a genocide fugitive Jean Paul Akayesu to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. But it was requested to arrest those other fugitives so that they can also answer genocide charges.
Refugees affairs and arrest of genocide fugitives still living in Zambia, are some of the issues that took centre stage, during discussions between Rwanda’s minister of foreign affairs and a.
During the talks the minister was franked by heads of different institutions such as the minister of refugee affairs and disaster management, the national public prosecution, and the unity and reconciliation commission.
On this issue, Rev. Lt. General Ronnie Shika-pwa-sha, the chairperson of the committee said his country has been on the forefront in arresting genocide fugitives.
Mushikiwabo said the foot dragging by southern African countries to arrest and try genocide fugitives living in their countries, is because they have fully understood the gravity of the crime of Genocide.
The lawmakers are in the country on a week-long study tour. They are expected to visit various institutions and sites