Nyarugenge: Survivors express satisfaction over Mukandutiye sentence

On 31 December 2019 at 02:31

Survivors of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi from Nyarugenge district have expressed gratitude after the arrest of genocide convict, Angeline Mukandutiye who had a prominent role in massacres of Tutsi in Nyarugenge.

Mukandutiye was recently repatriated to Rwanda by The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) along with FDLR anti-Rwanda militia fighters who were handed over at Nyarushishi refugee camp in Rusizi district.

Since December 21st, 2019, Rwanda has received 1471 refugees including 71 militia fighters from FDLR terrorist group and convicts of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi following another group received earlier of up to 291 refugees.
After being repatriated, the refugees were temporarily relocated to Nyarushishi refugee camp in Rusizi district as they waited to be sent to their respective families. As for FDLR repatriates, further investigations were conducted to check if they had not entered the country with weapons.

Among the repatriated citizens were Angeline Mukandutiye, a prominent Interahamwe figure who has been convicted of genocide crimes in Nyarugenge had an interview with the Rwandan Television (RTV). Her interview made rounds on social media with survivors debating if it was really her, but it later was made clear it was indeed Mukandutiye. She was immediately prosecuted, tried in a court of justice and sentenced to life imprisonment.
After her arrest, survivors from Muhima sector, former Rugenge ’commune’ expressed gratitude that Mukandutiye has finally faced justice.

Rurangwa Anselme who witnessed and survived the atrocities committed by Mukandutiye said "She is a mass murderer and killed most of our people in Rugenge. She is a vile person and led Interahamwe militia in most of the massacres around here."
Another witness who wished that his identity remained secret confirmed that Mukandutiye committed countless massacres and that she hosted Interahamwe militia on their way back from military training in Gabiro.

Rutayisire Masengo Gilbert, head of IBUKA in Nyarugenge said that it is a relief that Mukandutiye has finally been arrested.
"We are extremely happy. How wicked she is cannot be stressed enough. Her acts of violence and murders earned her a prominent position in Habyarimana government since she controlled all schools in former Rugenge ’commune’.

On Saturday, December 28th, 2019, Minister Busingye Johnston confirmed Mukandutiye was arrested in a tweet that read "Angeline Mukandutiye has a valid unserved Gacaca life sentence. She is now at Mageragere Correctional Facility."

Mukandutiye was recently repatriated to Rwanda by The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC)