Genocide fugitive Col. Rutiganda George Mazizi dies in DRC forests

On 25 January 2021 at 04:59

Col. Rutiganda Jean Damascène alias ‘George Mazizi’, one of commanders of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has died in Bwito region of Northern Kivu, DRC.

He is reported to have died of natural causes at the military base of FDLR/FOCA.

Forces Combattantes Abacunguzi (FOCA) is an armed wing of FDLR.

Mazizi was the mayor of former Commune Murama in Gitarama Prefecture. He later fled with EX-FAR soldiers to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where he joined FDLR comprised of elements who perpetrated the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

He was affiliated to Hutu Power MRND political party. He coordinated the execution of genocide in different parts including Gitwe in Nkomero where many Tutsi, followers of Adventist Church were killed.

The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), Dr Bizimana Jean Damascène has told IGIHE that George Mazizi took part in political and military activities that involved denying and trivializing the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“He was involved in mobilizing and coordinating combat activities to plot attacks. He was among the people that organized attacks to different places,” he said.

“Rutiganda joined battle activities because he was a solider before mayoral appointment. He didn’t pursue military career immediately but he had trained at National Military School (ESM) with which knowledge he got involved in military and political activities,” added Dr. Bizimana.

Before genocide, George Mazizi worked closely with Rutaganda George who was the first vice president of Interahamwe militia.

The latter is a son of Mpamo Esdras hailing from former Commune Masango in the neighborhood of Commune Murama currently in Ruhango district.

Rutaganda helped Mazizi to get weapons and distribute them to Interahamwe to kill Tutsis.

Rutaganda who had been handed life sentence by International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) succumbed to HIV/AIDS in Mali.

Mazizi is reported to have managed FDLR social media accounts through which they disseminated information denying and trivializing the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

He was recently appointed to coordinate online news medium including Intabaza and Urugaga operating under the auspices of FDLR. Mazizi was among wanted fugitives to face justice for genocide crimes.