Katuba Member of Parliament Patricia Mwashingwele
Katuba Member of Parliament Patricia Mwashingwele

Members of the Zambian Parliament, who are in Rwanda for a study tour have pledged to press for Rwandan Genocide fugitives living in Zambia to be brought to justice.

Led by Patricia Mwashingwele, the seven lawmakers yesterday met with their Rwandan counterparts, including Speaker Donatile Mukabalisa.

She explained that Rwanda’s history offers lessons to the rest of the continent.

“We were briefed about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and how Rwanda has risen from that and the aspect of reconciliation, working together as a nation. We understood that it’s really the drive and the will in the people that matters if you are going to have things done correctly,” she said.

She described the visit as an enlightening experience.

“What we’ve seen and heard has been extremely humbling. What we are taking away from here is not only technology and innovation but also the aspect of human experience that Rwanda went through in 1994. We want to have a better Africa and we believe Rwanda offers lessons,” Mwashingwele said.

Zambia is said to host at least 10 Genocide fugitives.

Speaker Mukabalisa said the visiting lawmakers were briefed about the Genocide and its consequences.

“We told them that there are perpetrators who are yet to face justice living in different countries, including Zambia. We have also talked about the possibility of enacting laws that punish Genocide denial in Zambia as well as extraditing suspected perpetrators to Rwanda to face justice and they promised us to do something about it,” she said.

The visit by Zambian MPs aims at sharing experiences and best practices on science, technology and innovation practices.

Earlier, the delegation held discussions with members of the parliamentary standing committee on Education, Technology, Culture and Youth.

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    • Becareful . Tutsi language is very close to Tonga. Even surnames are very close too. Kailanga, Kagame are also found in Tonga. Google some tutsi traditions you be amazed how close they are to the tonga ones.

      Unrecorded history told through folklore suggest that Tongas are break away group from the same group where the Tutsi came from and decided to head down South to settle in Malawi Mozambique Zimbabwe Zambia and Swaziland. The ruling clan in Swaziland are the Dlaminis a also also Tonga break away group.

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    • How does this woman even talk about enacting laws in zambia against denying genocide? Kagame has used the genocide excuse to perpetuate his autocracy. You would expect Patrica, being a UPND MP, would campaign for the release of Victoire Ingabire incarcerated for opposing Kagame.

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  1. Comment:You have got no shame, you went to learn but that’s what you are promoting here in Zambia, That Country went through hell but look at the massive development far from Zambia where leaders are always fighting to fix opposition instead of working. shame mwandi this Country God help us.

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  2. MPs are giving false hope to their counter parts, if your police are failing to investigate issues with all the evidence on the silver plate, do you think they will manage to locate the fugitives.just chew their food and drink their alcohol.stop giving false hope.

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  3. This story gives us hope for the prevalent of peace in this country. The 1994-Rwandan genocide cast a dark cloud in Africa and the rest of the world. The experiences gained by our Zambian MPs, irrespective of their political affiliation, gives us hope that our politicians and Clergy will make public pronouncements with honesty in response to their conscience in order to instill love to humanity at large.

    Given resources, our diplomats – past and present (Dr. Mwaanga included) – need to visit Rwanda to learn how to offset human atrocities in this great nation of Zambia.

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  4. These MPs are ignorant! They do not know the facts in Rwanda! The minority Tutsi (9%) population persecuted the majority Hutu for all the time before independence from the Belgians! Using divide and rule this worked and the Hutus (91%) were second class citizens in their own country! When independence was being negotiated for, the Belgians feared reprisals by the Hutu majority after independence so they asked the UN for help and the UN couldn’t! After independence the fears became a reality! But since the Tutsi were well organized and had held most jobs including the military and police they eliminated the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi (plane crash) who were Hutu and genocide came into being.

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  5. Kagame’s term is over but he can’t leave! He uses resources plundered from Congo DR to rule Rwanda which literally has no resources! Museveni can’t leave too and so are Kabila!! All are Tutsis and they turned the tables and people who have not studied buy into the cries of the trio! Ignorant MPs!!!

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  6. These MPs should use their energies to pressure PF to stops its criminal activities against Zambians using the now PF police; Rwanda has moved on but PF wants to take Zambia to the Rwanda genocide route

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  7. Kagame’s character is highly questionable I would advice those MP’s to focus on something else as they are too small to make such promises.

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  8. These MPs don’t know that Rwanda genocide stories depend on which side you listen to! Can you explain how 9% of the population are still in power?

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  9. In Zambia today if you have a Tonga, Lozi or any name from North-Western province and you are not a perceived PF cadre, then you are in the opposition we have no peace as at now staying in our own country. Please our political leaders our country is divided on tribal lines anything can happen. Help us to bring unity in our nation.

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