KK IS FREE : We cannot be cowed

Spanish Judge Andreu Fernando Mirelles has egg on his face, and he may not be able to wipe it off for a long time.

He is the author of the indictment against 40 Rwandan government officials, including Lt. Gen Emmanuel Karenzi Karake who was recently detained in London while on official duty, and with diplomatic immunity, accused by Spain of playing a role in massacres after the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.

This is not new. Even during the Jewish Holocaust victims were accused of victimizing themselves.

Justice has a melodic sound: the Prosecutor in this case admitted in open court that there is insufficient evidence to proceed with this “sophomoric and politically motivated indictment.” My words.

The icing on the cake was the Spanish legal representative admitting, honorably, I must add, that there was no basis for extradition, forcing the judge to declare that Gen Karake had no case to answer.

Justice delayed, however, is justice denied. But Rwanda is getting used to her detractors concocting cases against her, and we are constantly being pained by trivialization and negation of the genocide against Tutsi.

It never ends. Upon the judge declaring Gen Karake a free man, with no material case to answer to boot, Congolese hooligans and misfits started behaving badly and throwing water bottles as Karake exited the courthouse to a warm and well deserved applause by patriotic Rwandans living in London.

Not surprising. Considering the source.

Former US ambassador to Rwanda Michael R. Arietti described the Spanish indictment as “outrageous and innacurate.”

That the UK would act on information allegedly supplied by genocidaires and Rwanda haters living in London, most of them fugitivess from justice, is disappointing especially coming from an ally that has stood by Rwanda in her hour of need. And Karake has been visiting London on numerous occassions to consult with his British counterparts. Why this change of heart all of a sudden?

That Gen Karake’s diplomatic immunity was not honored is a bad precedent and an insult to Rwanda’s sovereignity. In the words of our dynamic and vocal Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, this was an “unnecessary and abusive process.”

But as always, the Rwandan spirit and resilience has triumphed, proving once again, that when the Motherland calls we all pull together, as evidenced by the support, both financial and moral that Rwandans across the globe have given our man in London.

Karake’s detention was not only an assault on his freedom, but an attack on Rwanda’s independence, sovereignity, and a shameful insult on genocide survivors and the memory of those who needlessly perished at the hands of fellow Rwandans.

Our bodies have been bruised, time and time again, but our spirit cannot be broken. We are, after all, Rwandans.

I hope when KK sets foot on Rwandan soil there will be thousands to welcome him, thus sending a resounding message to those who do not wish us well, that we are One Nation, One People. An attack on one of us, is an attack on all Rwandans. This is the new Rwanda.

About Willis Shalita

I am a writer who is very impassioned about Rwanda and its remarkable journey from the barbaric carnage of Genocide against Tutsi. I am an avid photographer. I believe the African story should be told through African lenses. Our time has come. If not now, when?
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