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Kwibuka27: decent burial of 17 bodies in Kanzenze genocide memorial

On 30th  may 2021, at the Kanzenze genocide memorial site in Rubavu District, 17 bodies of victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi were accorded decent burial.

Gilbert Habyarimana, mayor of Rubavu District thanked those who joined the Rubavu district to commemorate and give back the dignity to the Tutsi of the former communes of Mutura and Rwerere savagely killed in the Genocide against the Tutsi.  He said that they were victims of the bad leadership based on the politics of hatred, which characterized the country.

He said there were many victims because the area was near the Bigogwe military camp whose soldiers played a big role in training the Interahamwe and committing the genocide.

He thanked genocide survivors for their courage to forgive those who killed their loved ones or looted their properties.

The representative of the families that accorded decent burial to theirs, Innocent Bisengimana thanked those who provided information about where the bodies had been thrown. He said it shocking to see that there are people who know where bodies of genocide victims were thrown but do not want to give such information. He urged the district to follow up information and search for the bodies where they may have been built on in Gahenerezo business centre in Mudende sector, Kanzenze and Nyakiriba sectors and suggested that the houses be demolished if necessary.

He urged leaders in different organs to urge the people to give information about the bodies of genocide victims were thrown whenever they hold meeting with the population, instead of waiting for infrastructures construction to discover the bodies.

Senator Lambert Dushimimana said that the genocide against the Tutsi was possible because of the bad leadership that was built on discrimination, lack of rule of law and the culture of impunity. He said that what is shocking is that the government that was supposed to protect its citizens was the first to exterminate them. He urged the youth to learn from the Inkotanyi, the youth who risked their lives to stop the genocide.