This event happened on this Wednesday, 27th November in Mayange sector, Bugesera district as part of an initiative started by Rwanda Correction Service (RCS) and the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) with the aim of linking genocide convicts to their victims and promote national reconciliation.
This event gathered citizens from Mbyo cell, Ubumwe n’Ubwiyunge village. Among the convicts were Musabyimana Elia who admitted to have killed 17 Tutsis and apologized for his crimes.
Government officials including the Executive Secretary in the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, Ndayisaba Fidele, Rucagu Boniface and Mark Kabandana from the National Elders Forum as well as CP Jean Bosco Kabanda from RCS also attended the event.
Musabyimana Elie, a resident of Musenyi sector, Bugesera district is one of the convicts who publicly apologized for his role in the genocide against Tutsi.
“I am ashamed for my deceitful ways and for executing the plans of genocide ideologists. I killed men, women and children and I humbly ask for apologies especially to Muhire Emmanuel for killing his father, his big brother, his three children and his little brother. I apologize to Gatete for killing his sister and to all the families I caused sorrow to, just because they were Tutsi.”
Musabyimana who is currently serving his sentence in Bugesera prison regretted his actions and the unbearable pain he caused to the victims. He also expressed regrets for not telling the truth before and for putting a permanent stain on his country, Rwanda.
Muhire Emmanuel whose family was exterminated during the genocide said that when Musabyimana came to apologize, he found it so difficult to forgive him but after attending reconciliation talks, he took the resolution to accept his apologies.
“Even if my entire family was decimated, I understand that forgiveness is the only way to healing and from the bottom of my heart, I accept his apologies.”
NURC Executive Secretary, Fidele Ndayisaba says there are still problems of unrecovered remains of genocide victims and that make the reconciliation process difficult.
“Some people are still not willing to provide information on where the victims were dumped. We are requesting genocide convicts to step forward and say where the remains of their victims are so that they can be given a decent burial”