By George Kalisa
The Rwandan Parliament said August10 that though it welcomed the Belgium’s move to put in place a commission to examine Belgium’s colonial past in its former colonies, including Laure Nkundakozera Uwase, a genocide denier and revisionist on the Special Commission raises serious concerns on the credibility of the outcome.
Uwase is a member of Jambo Asbl a Belgium based organization largely known for trivializing and denying the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The genocide survivors maintain that Uwase lacks the credentials and moral authority to be on this commission.
The Commission that was established by the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Belgium will examine Belgium’s colonial past in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi.
“The Parliament of Rwanda welcomes the initiative of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Belgium to establish a Special Parliamentary Commission to examine Belgium’s colonial past in Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, its consequences and the responses to be made thereto,” said the statement released by the Rwandan Parliament yesterday.
“However, the Parliament of is concerned by the inclusion in the Group of Experts, that will assist the special commission, of a known genocide denier whose known “expertise” is the distortion of the recent history of Rwanda, and who belongs to an organization whose mission is the denial and revision of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi,” said the statement released by the Rwandan Parliament on August10.
“The Parliament of Rwanda wishes to inform the Belgian House of Representatives that in view of the circumstances above, it already has reservation about the outcome of the work of the special commission,” added the statement.