All the 21 were pardoned but asked to participate in searching for remains of the genocide victims.
In a public event that took place in Nyamirama Sector of Kayonza District yesterday, organized by Prison Fellowship Rwanda, an organization that promotes unity and reconciliation in the country, the genocide perpetrators regretted their role in genocide and used the opportunity to ask for forgiveness.
Speaking at the event, the chairman of Prison Fellowship Rwanda, Bishop John Rucyahana called on the society to strengthen the practices of unity and reconciliation.
“As you can see these houses and roads that are being constructed do not belong to any ethnic groups, but to all Rwandans. Most of those who sought forgiveness had lied to their families saying that they were innocent. Today, they made a good step towards sustainable reconciliation,” he said.
The Deputy Commissioner General of Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS), Jeanne Chantal Ujeneza called on more genocide inmates to tell the truth of their role in genocide and seek forgiveness as a way to sustain unity and reconciliation in the country.
One of the genocide convicts, Jean Pierre Habimana ,admitted his role in killing six people. He was advised to reveal the location of his victims’ remains so they can be accorded decent burial.