Disability should not limit any one


ODAY I am privileged to interview my brother and friend Tuyizere Oswald, a physically challenged practising Rwandan lawyer.

We all know the history of Rwanda, which started in the 15th Century when the inhabitants had organised into a number of kingdoms.

In the 19th Century, Mwami (King) Rwabugiri of the Kingdom of Rwanda conducted a decades-long process of military conquests and administrative consolidation that resulted in the kingdom controlling most of what is now Rwanda.

The colonial powers, first Germany and then Belgium, allied with the Rwandan court, allowing it to conquer the remaining autonomous kingdoms along its borders and racialising the system of minority Tutsi dominance created under Rwabugiri.

A convergence of anti-colonial and anti-Tutsi sentiment resulted in Belgium granting national independence in 1961.

Direct elections resulted in a representative government dominated by the majority Hutu under President Grégoire Kayibanda.