The remains of Genocide victims current buried at Muhoza Memorial are expected to be relocated to the new decent one before April 2022.
The new memorial is being constructed at the former premises of Ruhengeri Court of Appeal where Tutsis from the former Bisengo Sub-Prefecture currently in Gakenke district and others from Commune Kigombe in Kinigi were killed as they sought protection.
They were lured there by leaders of the former Ruhengeri Prefecture as part of the strategy to gather Tutsi with intent to easily kill them.
They were killed on 15th April 1994 by Interahamwe militiamen on instructions issued by the then sous-préfet, Dismas Nzanana.
Victims were dumped in a mass grave behind the court’s premises.
Musanze district vice mayor for economic affairs, Axelle Kamanzi has said that the remains of Genocide victims from Muhoza will be relocated to Musanze Memorial nearing completion before Rwanda begins the 28th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
“We expected to move remains from the Muhoza memorial with poor state to the new one if everything goes well. The new memorial is decent and features two sections ; one for hosting remains of victims and the second dedicated for Genocide history particularly in the former Ruhengeri Prefecture,” he said.
Kamanzi requested Genocide survivors not to sink into tragic history they went through but rather strive to become resilient and prosperous.
He highlighted that the district remains committed to stand with them to preserve Genocide history and prevent reoccurrence.
Once completed, Musanze will be the third and main memorial in the district. Others include Kinigi and Busogo memorials.
Construction activities started in May 2021. It is expected to be completed in January 2022 at a cost of Rwf596, 630,277.