They are appreciated for their commitment to resist evil and fighting against the execution of Genocide.
He delivered the message today as he presided over the ceremony closing the commemoration week that also coincided with the remembrance of slain politicians killed over opposing plans perpetrate Genocide against Tutsi.
The ceremony took place at Rebero Genocide Memorial where over 14,000 victims including Tutsi killed in Kigali as Genocide began and politicians that opposed Genocide plan.
Dr. Iyamuremye explained that remembering these politicians is essential because Genocide was not executed by accident.
“As proven by expert and researcher on the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, Genocide can’t be executed without support of leadership. Genocide against Tutsi was also planned and executed because bad leadership utilized maximum resources, political parties and other Government’s entities,” he noted.
Dr. Iyamuremye said that these politicians remembered stood against hatred, divisionism and Genocide preparations and were aware that they could lose life but kept the bravery spirit due to the love for Rwanda and Rwandans.
“They were not hunted for ethnic groups but for their virtues to stand against hatred, ethnic divisionism and Genocide ideology. We should not however forget that there are some that were killed for being good politicians and Tutsi. Those killed trying to save Tutsi and resisting Genocide ideology are also found among other categories of Rwandans. They were also characterized by self-less dedication until they accepted to sacrifice their lives to save hunted Tutsi,” he stressed.
Dr. Iyamuremye requested Rwandans to uphold the good legacy left by politicians.
“We should uphold the legacy of politicians we remember today striving that genocide never happens again, desisting propagandists denying and trivializing Genocide and those fueling their destructive ideologies. This will give the right meaning to our theme of remembering while rebuilding,” he noted.
The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), Dr. Jean Damascène Bizimana has said that political parties held mobilizations to incite hatred and killing of Tutsi between 1990 until 1994.
He explained that Rebero Genocide Memorial accommodates over 14,000 Genocide victims killed in different parts of Kigali including Nyamirambo, Gitega, CHUK and Cyahafi among others.
The former Prime Minister, Agathe Uwiringiyimana, leaders of PL political party including Landouard Ndasingwa, Kabageni Venantie, Charles Kayiranga, Jean de la Croix Rutaremara, Augustin Rwayitare and Aloys Niyoyita are among 12 politicians killed during genocide and buried at Rebero memorial.