"Government of Rwanda shall never go lenient in dealing with cases of genocide crime" - Makuza

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The President of the Senate, Rt. Hon. Bernard Makuza has declared that following the tragic loss of more than a million people during the Genocide against the Tutsi, the Government of Rwanda committed itself to dealing properly with genocide perpetrators through prevention, prosecution, punishment and eradication of genocide ideology. He made this declaration on 19 April 2017 during the 23rd genocide commemoration ceremony held in Nyange Sector of Ngororero District, to remember victims who were killed at Nyange [former Kibuye Prefecture] in 1994.

During the ceremony opened by a walk to remember, all speakers recalled the atrocious killings whereby genocide perpetrators exterminated Tutsi by demolishing the church building where they had found sanctuary, under the order of the then parish priest Athanase Seromba who is now serving a life imprisonment pronounced against him by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Speaking at the commemorative event, the Rt. Hon. Makuza told the gathering that the general aim of commemoration is to pay tribute to victims slaughtered during the genocide against Tutsi in 1994. He passed a message of comfort to genocide survivors ensuring them that the national leadership is by their side through multiple moral and material support such as assistance to needy survivors, conservation of genocide archaeological exhibits and promotion of the national unity.

The President of the Senate reiterated that the Government of Rwanda shall never ever loosen efforts in cracking down and preventing the crime of genocide as well as uprooting its ideology.

He put: “those who are still trying to hamper our steps forward will only fail. Those who are trying to stir up genocide ideology and divisionism are attempting in vain. They can’t find a way through because strengths we consolidated after the liberation struggle and the campaign against genocide are steady and hermetic”.

Over 7720 bodies of genocide victims are laid to rest in the Nyange Genocide Memorial Site located in Ngororero District. The Site has been elevated to the national memorials due to its peculiarity.