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CNLG launches book that illustrates the preparation and execution of the genocide perpetrated against Tutsi

On Monday March 8,2021, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) launched a book that highlights some of the important events that marked the planning and execution of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi. The book entitled RWANDA1991- 1994: PREPARATION AND EXECUTION OF THE GENOCIDE PERPETRATED AGAINST TUTSI IN RWANDA comprises five chapters.

The first chapter takes up some of the important events that marked the planning of the Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi since 1990 at the start of the war of liberation. The second chapter takes up some of the massacres committed during the implementation of the Genocide. The third chapter looks at the leading role played by some members of the genocidal government, while the fourth chapter shows the role of some doctors and other staff from hospitals and health centers. Finally, the fifth chapter demonstrates France's support for the genocidal government, as well as the UN's delay in recognizing that genocide was being committed against the Tutsi, before accepting evidences of that genocide.

Speaking at the launch, Dr Jean-Damascene BIZIMANA, Executive Secretary of CNLG said that documentation on the elements of planning and execution of the genocide committed against the Tutsi proves that it was neither an accident nor a result of a plane crash that carried President Habyarimana, but a long-term plan.

He added that the organizers of the genocide also spoke out in public giving the example of Colonel Bagosora Theoneste, who in January 1993 was one of Rwanda's envoys in Arusha to a meeting that ratified a part of the peace agreement on power-sharing, did not accept the outcome; he rather said in anger: “I am returning home to prepare the apocalypse”. As soon as Colonel Bagosora returned to Kigali from Arusha, he held various meetings with his extremist comrades to form within the Rwandan Armed Forces an Association called AMASASU. This association was at the forefront of spreading the ideology of genocide in the Rwandan army and mobilizing the military not to accept to live with the Inkotanyi, but instead prepare themselves to exterminate the Tutsi because they were considered as accomplices of the INKOTANYI.

The book shows that repeated massacres targeting Tutsi were committed between 1991 and 1994. Thus, in March 1991 277 Tutsi were killed in various communes of Ruhengeri Prefecture (Nkuli, Kinigi, Mukingo) and Gisenyi (Gaseke, Giciye, Karago, Mutura, Kanama, Rwerere). The night of March 4 to 5, 1992 was marked by the massacre of more than 500 Tutsi in Bugesera. The killings were carried out by the Interahamwe in collaboration with the bodyguards of the President and soldiers of the Gako military base.  

Dr Bizimana concluded that this documentation on the elements of planning and execution of the genocide committed against the Tutsi will on the one hand help to preserve the memory of the genocide, and honor the victims. It will also provide young generations with the tools of knowledge of this tragic past enabling them to work for the continued reconstruction of a united and peaceful Rwanda.

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