Genocide ideology cannot be allowed in church –Smaragde

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 19 September 2016 saa 10:46
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The Bishop of Kabgayi diocese, Smaragde Mbonyintege has said that at this time in Rwanda’s history, no Rwandan can decide to commit genocide again unless one is mentally ill.

He has said this today during an event of presenting results of a research carried out by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission to religious leaders where he said that findings are promising hope among Rwandan livelihoods and togetherness.

Bishop Mbonyintege remarks are based on statistics of Unity and Reconciliation in Rwanda indicating that 92.5 % of citizens feel to have reconciled, up from 82.3% for the year 2010.

Statistics also indicate that 28.9% people consent that genocide may happen again if nothing is done to consolidate the achievements in unity and reconciliation, 27.9% still give attention to ethnicity while 25.8% argue that genocide ideology still exists.

“People holding thoughts of committing genocide are racial discriminators guided by genocide ideology. As far as I am concerned, no living human needs to commit genocide unless one has inert brains,” he said.

Musanze tops districts a large number of people that harbor ethnic beliefs, discrimination and other with genocide ideologies followed by Rubavu, Gasabo, Nyarugenge, Ruhango, Nyanza and Nyagatare districts.

Not in church

Bishop Mbonyintege has warned that no one can be allowed to take genocide ideology to the church.

“Genocide ideology cannot be brought in church. It is harbored outside since the church itself fights against genocide ideology. Killing is the most dangerous crime.No person can come in church with such a negative ideology to spread.” he said.

The government of Rwanda pledged to have 95% of Rwandans feeling the spirit of reconciliation by 2017 which the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission say will be achieved.

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The Bishop of Kabgayi diocese, Smaragde Mbonyintege