Five senior military officers from the Ethiopian ministry of defence are visiting Rwanda to discuss the functioning of military justice with their counterparts of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF).
The delegation led by brigadier-general Addisu Gebreyesus Gebreyohanes, head of Military Courts Directorate, visited the Military High Court Headquarters at Kanombe where they met officials from the court and the military prosecution. The exchanges focused 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.
The Ethiopians also met with the Chief of Defence Staff, general Patrick Nyamvumba. Gebreyohanes said they also got and additional briefing on how Rwanda’s legal system, and military justice in particular, has evolved.
“Rwanda has a modern legal system with regards to 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 Parliament to learn more about the Genocide against Tutsis and how it was stopped by Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and its armed wing, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA).
Rwanda and Ethiopia have signed a memorandum of understanding on military and defence cooperation, and have strong cooperation in military training among other areas.