Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube are amongst the top social media platforms used by a large number of propagandists, undermining and denying the Genocide against Tutsi that took lives of over 1 million in 100 days.
Most of them use abusive words that are intended to hurt Genocide survivors and moreover fuel ethnic divisionism among Rwandans, ignoring the truth to which they have facts and evidences.
Ujeneza has authored books including ‘De l’autre côté de l’Ecran, SIMBI’. She is the daughter of Boniface Ngulinzira who served as Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1992 and 1993.
Ngulinzira was among politicians that distanced themselves from the ruling political party, MRND that masterminded Genocide.
He played a pivotal role in Arusha Peace Agreements during his officer term. Ngulinzira later kept a close eye to their implementation which infuriated the Government of the then President Juvénal Habyarimana.
Even though he was not among hunted Tutsi, Ngulinzira was assassinated on Nyanza hill in Kicukiro on the evening of 11th April 1994 over his firm beliefs to stand for the truth and to strive for harmony among Rwandans.
Ujeneza has, via her twitter wall, blamed people - whom the majority is the youth, using social media platforms to spread hatred and denial of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
She further said that such deniers warmly welcome whoever alludes to the Genocide against Tutsi as ‘Genocide in Rwanda’.
“It is not unusual. Most of these young people didn’t lose parents or relatives during that time. They don’t remember anyone who hunted or chased them out of their houses,” she observed.
“Unable to remain silent, they come here on Twitter to ridicule survivors of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. Between April and July 1994, a genocide was perpetrated against one ethnic group: Tutsi. It is indubitable,” added Ujeneza.
The genocide was planned for long that politicians against the then Government’s cruelty were assassinated.
“Hutus from different categories had heavy responsibility during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. These include intellectuals, public servants, business people, teachers, believers, soldiers, members of Gendarmerie [Rwanda’s Policing unit during the pre-Genocide], men, women and children,” stressed Ujeneza.
The author went on to describe what she personally witnessed what happened during Genocide at the age of 13.
“I saw it with my own eyes. These perpetrators were the people we knew that turned into cruel monsters,” she noted.
“Tutsi in advanced ages in 1994 had experienced massacres and violence in the 1950s until 1960 and 1970s when they lost relatives, were deprived of land, livestock and other possessions. Such killings and violence were precursors of the execution of Genocide in 1994 that targeted one ethnic group. Tutsi. During that time, no one fled Rwanda because he/she was Hutu,” emphasized Ujeneza.
Considering the aforementioned eye witness, Ujeneza said that misinterpreting ‘Genocide against Tutsi’ as ‘Genocide in Rwanda’ is going beyond limits, undermining history which she also considers ‘an insult’.
“No one was killed for being Rwandan in 1994,” she stressed.
Rwanda is commemorating the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi for the 27th time. The commemoration began on 7th April with lighting the flame of hope at Kigali Genocide Memorial and later followed by talks held at Kigali Arena bringing together top Government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, Rwandans and friends of Rwanda.
The commemoration that lasts 100 days is taking place for second time during Coronavirus pandemic whereby talks are delivered virtually through mainstream media including televisions and radios as well as other social media platforms.
Over the years, people have been reported and arrested for threatening genocide survivors, uprooting their crops, stabbing their livestock or destroying their houses among other violent acts during commemoration period.
Among others, it has been observed that propagandists, roaming perpetrators and their supporters often use this time to spread genocide ideology, deny and trivialize the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi which continue to pain survivors who endured with both physical and psychological trauma.
It is a worrying situation that such propagandists intend to mislead people especially the youth considered the backbone of the national development and hold back the strides Rwanda has made in unity and reconciliation.