KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA)
members are in Rwanda to examine matters of genocide ideology
and denial in the region.
The 9-member team
from the regional parliament on Tuesday visited Kigali Genocide
Memorial Center as part of mission to investigate genocide
ideology in the East Africa region.
reporters shortly after touring the center, Judith Pereno, EALA
member from Kenya said that genocide ideology is one that cannot
be overlooked by policy makers in the region.
“We are have three
months to find out more about genocide ideology and denial among
citizens in the region. Rwanda is a case study because of the
1994 genocide,” she noted.
The idea of such a
study follows another resolution moved by MP AbuBakr Ogle from
Kenya and passed by the Assembly early last year condemning
genocide, its ideology and denial. Lawmakers decided to conduct
a study to assess the extent of genocide ideology and denial in
the then five partner states.
According to Martin
Ngoga, EALA member from Rwanda, the committee was appointed
during the recently-concluded EALA sitting in Arusha, Tanzania,
and is scheduled to visit partner states for meetings with
“What the Assembly
has set out to do is an import step in the work of the Assembly.
Genocide ideology and denial in the region is catastrophic to
humanity and the development of the East Africa, Africa and the
entire globe,” he added.
During their study,
the lawmakers will be, among others, considering the likely
security impact of genocide ideology and genocide denial in the
region; considering ways and means of combating, outlawing and
preventing genocide; studying and making recommendations on
combating hate speech, genocide ideology, genocide denial and
related matters in region.
They will also make
proposals on how EALA and other EAC institutions can provide
leadership in the fight and prevention of genocide.
The team will visit
Rwanda’s institutions such as the National Commission for the
Fight against Genocide (CNLG) and Center for Conflict
They also plan to
travel to other regional countries before tabling their report
during an EALA sitting in Kampala, Uganda, in January next year.