East African Legislative Assembly to Examine Genocide Ideology

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The Resolution moved Kenyan legislator AbuBakr Ogle was unanimously supported by Members, giving the EALA Commission a go-ahead to nominate seven persons to review the security impact of genocide ideology and Genocide denial on the East African Community.

The East African Legislative Assembly has passed a Resolution to form a select Committee on Genocide.

The Resolution moved Kenyan legislator AbuBakr Ogle was unanimously supported by Members, giving the EALA Commission a go-ahead to nominate seven persons to examine the security impact of genocide ideology and Genocide denial on the East African Community.

Genocide denial is often defined as an attempt to deny or minimize the scale and severity of an incidence of genocide.

The East African region has for several years witnessed and suffered from the negative impact of genocide, the most memorable one being the 1994 genocide in Rwanda where thousands of lives were lost, homes demolished and economies desiccated as masterminds descended on Tutsi's with machetes, knives, axes, guns and clubs.

"The East African community needs to avoid a repeat of the same by instituting mechanisms to stop the perpetuation of genocide ideology and denial in the region and to take appropriate action,"   Ugandan legislator Mike Sebalu asserts.

The Select Committee is charged with considering ways and means of combating, outlawing and preventing genocide.  It shall make proposals on how EALA and other Institutions of the EAC can provide leadership in the fight and prevention of genocide.  This should include the development of instruments and institutional capacity in the Community.

The Committee has three months from the time of its appointment to execute its mandate.