Officials from six African countries who joined their Rwandan counterparts in a Transitional Justice and Peace building Course at Rwanda Peace Academy in the northern province concluded the training on August 28, 2013.
The week- long course attracted 25 participants including military, police and civilians.
Talking on behalf of the Course Participants, Lt Col Modest Kombo from Kenya noted that they benefited a lot from the Training.
“We have been exposed to the holistic approach to perfecting transitional justice… We now leave better than we came”, he testified adding that Kigali Genocide Memorial they visited is a must visit site especially for leaders and high ranking Government Officials from other countries,” said Kombo.
Presiding over the closing ceremony permanent Secretary of Ministry of Defence, Col Joseph Rutabana stated that the transitional justice should aim at promoting peace and justice with the correct analysis of the situation that a country is emerging from.
He hailed Gacaca as homegrown solution for having played its role to support judicial system in Rwanda after Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. He emphasised that there is no single ideal justice system.
Rutabna stated that peace and justice are mutually complementary and reinforcing if properly pursued. Needless to emphasise, transitional justice in the context of peace building requires good and committed leadership, national and local ownership of various programmes but above all, correct diagnosis of the situation that a country is emerging from.
The Director of Rwanda Peace Academy, Col Jill Rutaremara reiterated that the course provided a holistic overview of the current transitional justice strategies and mechanisms, their nature and practical application, and challenges, lesson learnt that various actors may encounter and apply when participating in post conflict settings.
The course was jointly organised by Rwanda Peace Academy and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Rwanda Peace Academy has so far conducted 23 courses, in which 680 participants from 42 countries trained.