IBUKA, an umbrella organization of survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi has largely condemned the preaching and ideology of Thomas Nahimana and requested the authorities in Rwanda to charge him with being a genocide denier.
Reverend Father Thomas Nahimana, 45, from Cyangugu diocese is known for his scathing attacks against the government of Rwanda and revisionism through his website, ‘Le Prophète’ (the prophet) based in France where he has lived for 11 years.
This priest who is on the way back to Rwanda seeks to register a political party ‘Ishema’ to field a candidate in the 2017 presidential polls.
Talking to IGIHE, the president of Ibuka Prof. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu has said that Rwandans are against the ideology of Father Nahimana describing it as smearing and promoting discrimination.
“Ibuka find the ideology of priest Nahimana intended to create divisionism among Rwandans. We know how such discriminatory ideology led to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. The country should keep away from such ideas spread by the priest,” he said adding that such negative ideology should be condemned and punished as the law prescribes.
Bishop Ntihinyurwa Thadée of Kigali diocese and the bishop of Kabgayi diocese Smaragde Mbonyintege have condemned behaviors of priest Nahimana in the documentary film dubbed (Ikibyimba cy’ukuri’) (Abscess of truth ) written by Gasigwa Léopold.
“The responsibility of a priest is to unite the people with others and God …I don’t think his political party is uniting Rwandans,” said bishop Ntihinyurwa in the documentary.
Bishop Mbonyintege Smaragde also explained that priests are not allowed by the canonical law to be involved in political affairs.