In April 2022, a Chinese national, Sun Shujun, the manager of a mine in the west of the country, was sentenced to 20 years in jail for torturing local mineworkers in Rwanda, after a video showing him whipping a man tied to a post went viral on social media. Another manager at the company, Ali Group Holding Ltd, was found guilty of helping Sun, and was sentenced to 12 years in jail.
“It is clear that (Sun) tortured the victims and issued corporal punishment with malicious intent, and this is a grave crime,” Judge Jacques Kanyarukiga ruled as he ordered him to serve a 20-year term in prison. The 43-year-old had argued for his release, saying he compensated the two by paying a total of more than one million Rwandan francs ($1,000) and signing a “reconciliation letter”.
Now again the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, has shown true patriotism when he ordered the permanent deportation of 18 Chinese nationals for mistreating Rwandan workers “We are not slaves anymore,” declared the Head of State, who went on to state, “Africa is for Africans, we won’t tolerate the nonsense of discrimination here.” Is there a lesson for Guyana here?