The Bishop of Kabgayi Diocese, Smaragde Mbonyintege has denied to have released an announcement that recognizes good deeds of two disgraced priests convicted of genocide whose silver jubilee of priesthood will be celebrated next month on 16th July 2016.
Talking to IGIHE, Bishop Mbonyintege has said that he doesn’t know who contemplated, drafted and authored the list of priests to celebrate silver jubilee including genicidaires.
“I didn’t make the list…It was done by people who want to cast other people’s image in negativity. The Jubilee of a jailed priest in never celebrated,” he said.
He explained that the released list creates confusion, most likely to have been publicized by people with bad intentions to smear and sabotage.
“The invitation list indicated all those ordained priests in 1991.There might be a person behind the conspiracy who wants the event to comply with the released list. It is not true that we released it,” he said.
He explained that even those who are not jailed but are not serving from Kabgayi will not have their Jubilee celebrated at the event.
“The jubilee will be organized for the serving priests we are currently working with. . The jubilee of priests convicted of genocide crimes will not be celebrated. Even those who didn’t commit genocide but living abroad in unknown locations will not have their jubilee celebrated,” he said.
In an interview with IGIHE, the executive secretary of the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) , Dr Bizimana Jean Damascene said that he saw the announcement of the Jubilee circulating on WhatsApp even though he had not yet got much details about it.
He said that if the announcement is real, it is not fair for the church to celebrate the deeds of people ‘who deviated from the social pact’.
“A genocide convict should not get his jubilee celebrated. Jubilee is a celebration for appreciating someone for having perfectly accomplished his/her duties.We don’t understand how a genocide convict can be lauded. A person convicted of a crime heavier than others? We will discuss with Catholic Church about the issue as we usually hold talks on other concerns,” he said.