Leopold Munyakazi, 66, the man who dodged justice for 12 years is finally home to face justice for his alleged active and vicious role in the genocide against Tutsi in 1994.

Hard as he tried, Munyakazi exhausted all appeals, and not even his powerful friends in academia could save him.

As if to pour salt on a gaping wound, Munyakazi landed at the Kigali international airport, ready for this, in a Lear jet, and wearing a Lacoste sweater. His alleged victims never had a chance, many meeting their deaths by way of Nyabarongo.

It is hard to guess what Munyakazi was thinking as he descended the jet’s stairs. But it matters not. His time is over, and Lady Justice will take over from here.

As he was finally handed over to Rwanda’s finest, RNP, Munyakazi had a sheepish look on his face as handcuffs were finally clasped on him, thus ending his long run from justice.  It was a sweet moment to watch as this alleged killer was finally apprehended in a land where his vicious acts are alleged to have been committed.

That he has been extradited back to Rwanda is of vital importance. Survivors of the genocide should witness justice in action. Justice should not only be done, it should be seen to be done.

This also sends a clear message to other genocidaires hiding in the U.S. And there are many. You can run, but you can’t hide. We will hunt you down and the long arm of the law will soon or later catch up with you. The U.S.will not be a haven for genocidaires.

As he was led through the corridors of the airport in the custody of two RNP Officers, Munyakazi is seen smiling. Whether it is a nervous smile or a defiant one is of no consequence. He will have plenty of time behind the walls of “1930” to think about his dastardly deeds in the company of the likes of Leon Mugesera.

Evidence against this genocidaire is overwhelming. The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) accuses Munyakazi of personally shooting dead one Felicien Ugirashebuja, in addition to openly inciting violence against Tutsi in broad daylight.

Munyakazi is a genocide denier per excellence. In a speech he delivered at the University of Delaware in 2006 he said, “There is a kind of international conspiracy to hide the truth about what happened. I refer to it as civil war, NOT genocide; it was about political power.”

Utter nonsense. A linguist by profession, Munyakazi knows well this is baloney, desperate words of a criminal mind.

Munyakazi goes on to say, “Ethnicity is not really understood about Rwanda; in Rwanda there are no tribes, there are social groups, they are one single people. It is quite wrong to say that GENOCIDE WAS COMMITTED by Hutus.”

These are insensitive and cowardly words of a killer trying to sound half educated, and Munyakazi knows it. Soon he will have his day in court, but such a plea would be foolish to advance.

This much is clear: Munyakazi will not be attending Rudasingwa’s up-coming conference on December 9-11 in Washington, commemorate the alleged genocide against Hutu. He will be behind bars where he belongs.

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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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