Radio Journalist Arrested Over Genocide Ideology

Published by Dusabimana Claver & Gaston Rwaka
On 29 April 2012 saa 08:58
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Police is interrogating a radio Journalist suspected of uttering statements on radio that were deemed to promote genocide ideology.

Until his arrest, Habarugira Epaphrodite was working for RADIO HUGUKA based in Muhanga district.

Haburugira was arrested on 24 April after allegedly uttering during the 22 April news bulletin live on radio statements that defame and ridicule victims of the 1994 Tutsi genocide that claimed a million lives.

The management of Huguka Radio immediately issued a letter terminating Habarugira from radio effective 23 April.

Alain Mukuralinda the National Prosecution publicist told IGIHE that Habarugira’s Dossier was forwarded to national prosecution on 26 April adding that Next week; prosecution will determine whether to submit the case to court or set Habarugira free.

Huguka Radio Manager Ndekezi Eugène told IGIHE in a telephone interview “Habarugira’s dossier is already in the hands of the Judiciary. Subject to the law. I cannot divulge any details”.

Ndekezi further noted that he is confident that the country’s Judiciary has the capacity to determine the truth in the charges against Habarugira.

Every year from on April 7 Rwandan’s honour victims of the 1994 Tutsi genocide. Over the course of 100 days, ethnic Tutsis were brutally murdered.

This year the world joined Rwandans in the 18th commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi’s under a theme "Learning from our history to build a bright future."