The Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, has said that genocide ideology acts persist in the country noting, however, that new measures are underway to completely address the matter.
He unveiled this yesterday during the night vigil to commemorate fallen prison warders and other employees of Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) killed during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
The representative of IBUKA during the event Kabandana Callixte expressed frustrations over lingering genocide ideologues and requested MINIJUST to act against the matter to have it eradicated.
“Voices have been recently raised calling for amendment of the law punishing genocide ideologists. You should revise it because genocide deniers have taken them very light. They have been hurting genocide survivors saying it is a short time in prison to meet again after serving the sentence. We have found that giving light punishment to deniers is a serious problem,” he said.
Kabandana explained that genocide survivors don’t blame laws passed by the government noting that raising the concern is meant to highlight the need to have serious punishments for genocide ideology.
He compared genocide ideology to poison which kills people regardless of the quantity and called MINIJUST to take action.
Minister Busingye said that genocide ideology cases have reduced but unveiled that the judicial sector is revising ways of eradicating genocide ideology.
“The representative of IBUKA has raised concern over persistent genocide ideology. What you say is right that poison doesn’t require big quantities to kill. Being poison is enough. I would like to assure you that we can’t keep quiet on poison circulation. It is impossible,” he said.
“I would like to assure you that the judicial sector is in the process of seeking cure to neutralize such poison,” he said.
A person convicted of genocide ideology or related crimes is liable to a punishment from five to nine years of imprisonment and a fine ranging from Rwf 100, 000 to 1,000,000 as per article 135 of Rwanda’s penal code.