Kagame on how RPA protected civilians, stopped the genocide

On 11 December 2017 at 04:12

President Paul Kagame has said that he ordered former Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) troops to stop the genocide that was being committed against the Tutsi as well as ensuring that they protect themselves against former government’s militants from shooting on them.

Kagame was speaking in an interview ahead of opening the ‘Campaign Against Genocide Museum’ slated on Wednesday 13th December.

Located at Kimihurura in parliamentary building, the museum shows the history of Rwandans’ bravery in putting an end to the genocide, saving lives of people as well as liberating the country.

Speaking about the history of liberation struggle, the head of state said that on 7th April 1994, he ordered the troops to stop the genocide and protect themselves.

“The order which came the next day was not only to protect themselves, to split so that they are not all under one heavy attack while in one place, but split for two reasons or more; one was that the force had to cross and go to the Amahoro Stadium where there were already people taking refuge and were being threatened. In fact they had almost under attack, so that force had gone to protect those ordinary people who had fled from that place,” he said

Even though there had been UN force around the area, Kagame said they weren’t going to do much or they were overwhelmed.

“They were requested if possible to join up the UN force that was at Amahoro Stadium to protect people who were fleeing and running into the stadium as well as fighting to protect themselves,” he added.

Meanwhile he explained that there were two companies from which one went to protect people at stadium and another one continued holding the ground by protecting people from outside as well as those who were on their way heading to stadium.

UN troops failure

Reports say that UN troops that were deployed in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi failed their mission of protecting civilians who were being killed, but left them to the mercy of killers.

Speaking about UN troop’s failure, Kagame said that the first reaction was to pull out their forces.

“I don’t know the UN had come here to do what, I wonder whether they were pulling out because they had achieved what they had set out to achieve from the beginning, which was not the case or they were really giving up on the situation and they were saying this is impossible to deal with and therefore we are doing nothing here, let’s go,” he said.

He said the gesture informed Rwandans that ‘We are there for ourselves and we are there on our own”

A monument at parliament that tells history of liberation.