President Paul Kagame has blamed people trying to change the history by giving the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi other names saying that such people were even involved in its execution. He has noted this today as the country starts mourning victims of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
“Those people trying to decide what it should be called are the very people who had a hand in its execution. We lost over 1 million people. It wasn’t a natural disaster. Politics was the cause, whether local or international. How can people keep playing around with names? They bring experts but experts to do what? Bring back people we lost? Why should we be afraid of saying things as they are? As if what happened in Rwanda is a mystery that is not known? A section of our people of this great country was targeted for who they are. That is what it is,” he said.
He urged Rwandans to live own lives the best way they should and stand firm lest they shake in front of people with bad intentions.
“Those who think they can change the course we are on are welcome but they should recognize the formidable opponent in us. They will never shake us of our beliefs. Our politics and our lives belong to us. Those struggling with understanding their responsibility and creating problems for us will not stop us from making progress,” he said.
“They turn around and blame victims for problems they are causing, for which they have not apologized .We are not asking for money, there is no money to compensate the lives we lost. It is the truth we are asking for,” he added.
Kagame said nothing can be done about the past ‘but there is something we can do for our people in the present.’
President Kagame has launched the 23rd commemoration of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi today in a ceremony held at Gisozi memorial where a total of 259,000 victims from various districts including Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge are buried.
He has been joined by AU Chairperson, Moussa Faki to light the frame of remembrance.
Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed sadness over the mayhem that happened in the country where over one million innocent Tutsi lost lives in 100.
He lauded president Kagame for stopping genocide and striving for resilience of the once devastated country.