Cases of genocide ideology dropped by 32.5% over past five years

On 7 July 2023 at 12:28

A new report released by Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has revealed that during the 100 days of commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the bureau received and investigated 187 cases this year, an increase from 179 cases in 2022.

Despite the increase in cases of genocide ideology within a year, the report highlights a 32.5% decline in such cases during the 100 days of commemoration over the past five years, from 277 cases recorded since 2019.

Out of the 234 individuals involved in these cases in 2023, 10.7% were found to have played a role during the Genocide against the Tutsi, while 88.5% were not accused of any involvement in the Genocide. Additionally, 0.8% of individuals investigated have relatives who played a role in the Genocide, with 78.2% being men and 21.8% women.

In terms of age distribution, 38.8% of individuals investigated for this crime fall within the 30-43 age bracket, 24.8% are aged between 44-57, 18.8% are in the age group of 16-29, and 17.5% comprise individuals aged above 58.

Rwamagana ranks highest among other districts in terms of having a large number of residents accused of genocide ideology and related crimes, followed by Gasabo District. Rusizi comes in fourth with 12 cases, followed by Nyarugenge and Gatsibo with 11 and 10 cases respectively.

Bugesera and Kamonyi each have 9 cases. Ruhango District is in 8th place, followed by Huye with seven individuals. Kicukiro District is ranked 10th with 7 people accused.

Dr. Murangira B. Thierry, the spokesperson of RIB, attributes the increase in cases this year to heightened awareness among people about the consequences of concealing information, thanks to sensitization campaigns.

Dr. Murangira emphasizes that eradicating the genocide ideology is a collective responsibility. RIB also issues a warning to parents, urging them not to instill destructive ideologies in their children, as it may hinder the progress achieved in unity and reconciliation among Rwandans.

Among others, RIB advises social media users to exercise responsible behavior online and avoid using these platforms to spread hatred. Violators who exceed the limits will face legal consequences.

According to the Rwanda Reconciliation Barometer 2020, unity and reconciliation among Rwandans have significantly improved since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis, reaching 94.7% compared to 92.5% in 2015 and 82.3% in 2010.