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The Criticisms of Rwanda's Security Forces Composition and the Echoes of Apartheid

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louis Buyisiwe

Apr 27, 2024

Apartheid in Rwanda

police officers after training all majority are Tutsis

Critics suggest that Rwanda's socio-political setup mirrors apartheid due to the ethnic composition of its security forces, where the Tutsi minority predominantly occupies positions despite the Hutu making up about 85% of the population. This imbalance has sparked accusations of systemic discrimination and echoes the segregation seen in historical apartheid in South Africa.


Since the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has made strides in reconciliation and development, but the Tutsi dominance in security raises inclusivity and fairness concerns. Critics fear that prioritizing security could marginalize other ethnic groups, potentially destabilizing the nation.


The Rwandan government prioritizes stability post-genocide, but overemphasizing security may neglect freedoms and equality, risking future divisions. Additionally, the lack of ethnic diversity in security forces could foster impunity and weaken democratic governance, suggesting that a more representative force could enhance national cohesion and legitimacy


list of high-ranking officers in Rwanda which are all Tutsis, Photo Social media

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