As Rwandans are commemorating the 1994 genocide against Tutsi for 23rd time, the Minister of Local Government, Francis Kaboneka has said that people linking genocide to the shooting of the plane of former president of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana are unleashing another form of torturer to the survivors.
He noted this yesterday during the remembrance of over 5000 victims who perished during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi buried at Ntarama memorial in Bugesera district.
Kaboneka explained that people attributing genocide to the shooting down of the aircraft disregard tough words of extermination used earlier by various leaders including, Gregoire Kayibanda.
“ People say genocide against Tutsi was triggered by the shooting down of the aircraft but disregard preparations process and spoken words. When you go deeper into analysis of words preceding execution of genocide in 1994 , people saying the plane was the trigger of genocide are torturers,” he said.
Kaboneka recalled how genocide was stopped and reminded Rwandans to remember but be pleased with achievements, including genocide survivors attaining education and accessing other services. Some people, he noted, decided to stand against the evil and the truth of Inkotanyi prevailed.
“We have to remember, gain and consolidate our strength, giving hope and living successfuly. Our existence as Rwandans doesn’t depend on someone else. No one should advise us nor determine our choice. We have to make own choices,” he said.
Niwemugeni Chantal, a genocide survivor in Ntarama, lauded development support accorded her by the government during her education that today she holds a Master’s degree.
She commended the government for spearheading unity and building hope highlighting that Ndi Umunyarwanda should be prioritized and strive to get rid of the dark past.
Ntamfurayishyari Silas, former EX-FAR militia regretted having worked in the military outfit that killed people despite having made efforts of rescuing 18 people.
He asked residents to stand against divisionism and genocide ideology.
Ntarama genocide memorial is built on at former Ntarama centrale belonging to Nyamata parish .It accommodates over 5000 remains of Tutsi victims killed there by Interahamwe as they sought refuge.
They were killed on 15th April 1994 with guns, grenades and traditional arms including machetes while others were burnt with petrol and mattresses.
- Eastern Province Governor, Judith Kazayire during the commemoration at Ntarama memorial yesterday.
- CNLG legal advisor, Dr Diogene Bideri.
- The Minister of Local Government, Francis Kaboneka laying wreaths at Ntarama memorial yesterday.