On Saturday 5th June 2021, 226 bodies of victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, which were recently recovered from the Ruramira barrage in Ruramira Sector, Kayonza District were accorded decent burial in Ruramira genocide memorial site.
In his lecture, Dr Jean-Damascène Bizimana, Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), recalled the definition of the genocide, its steps and gave examples of how each step was carried out for the Genocide against the Tutsi to illustrate that it was a long term plan.
The representative of the families that accorded decent burial to theirs, Augustin Ntazinda reiterated the role of Colonel Pierre Celestin Rwagafirita, a native of the nearing Gasetsa area in Remera Sector, Ngoma District, who trained reservists so that no Tutsi would survive during the perpetration of the genocide.
He said that during the genocide, Tutsi from different areas converged to Ruramira with the intention to meet the RPA soldiers who were already in Kayonza, but unluckily, most of them were killed and thrown into the Ruramira barrage.
CG Emmanuel Gasana, governor of the Eastern Province commended those who provided information so that the bodies in the barrage are recovered. He assured the survivors and Rwandans in general that genocide will never happen again because Rwanda has now a good leadership that cherishes unity of Rwandans.
He also recalled everyone is responsibility in the fight against those who deny and trivialize the genocide against the Tutsi.