Kigali, 06 February 2018
A delegation of 5 senior military officers from the Ministry of Defence in the Federal Republic of Ethiopia is visiting Rwanda from 04 to 07 February 2018. The visiting delegation led by Brigadier Genenarl Addisu Gebreyesus Gebreyohanes, Head of Military Courts Directorate, came to Rwanda to exchange with their Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) counterparts on the functioning of Military Justice.
On Monday 5th February 2018, they visited the Military High Court Headquarters at Kanombe where they received briefings and discussions with officials from Rwanda Military High Courts and Military Prosecution. These exchanges were mainly on the legal establishment and organizational structure of Military Courts, appointment and accountability of military judges, relationship between Military Courts and Military Prosecution as well as service delivery among many discussed issues.
Today, 6th February 2018, the delegation paid courtesy call to the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba to share the outcome of their visit. The head of the delegation revealed to RDF media he got useful additional briefing from the CDS on how Rwanda Legal System and Military Justice in particular have evolved: “On ground we have got new issues. Rwanda has a modern legal system from the organization of Military courts, the jurisdictions and the Prosecution. Rwanda has a good and disciplined Military Justice” he added.
During their visit, the delegation also visited Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre at Gisozi and the Campaign against Genocide Museum at the Parliament to learn more about the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi and how it was stopped by Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) and its armed wing, Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA).
Rwanda and Ethiopia maintain good relationship and have an Memorandum of Understanding on Military and Defence Cooperation. They also have strong cooperation in military training among other areas.