On 11 April 2019, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies the Rt. Hon. Mukabalisa Donatille participated in an night vigil to mark the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi killed at Nyanza-Kicukiro and stated that the story on how these innocent people were abandoned by UN peace keeping forces (UNAMIR) should be recounted so that it may inspire Rwandans towards finding solutions to their problems.
The night vigil was preceded by a walk to Remember from the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) (former ETO School) to Nyanza-Kicukiro Genocide memorial to reflect on the painful march the victims were forced to make before they were slaughtered.
Mukabalisa said that this walk is also a reminder that on 11 April Tutsis were forced to make that painful journey after the UN peacekeepers failed to ensure their safety in the very critical moment but rather abandoned them in the hands of the killers.
She recalled the UN Security Council Resolution No 912 of 21 April 1994 to reduce force level from 2500 to 270 only.
She added that, “by recounting this story again and again to the youth and to our children, we are not intending to backslide or to regress but this tragic story should inspire us toward finding solutions to our own problems by pioneering our own destiny”
In this event Mukabalisa commended countries that have declared April 7 as a commemoration day of Genocide against Tutsi committed in 1994. She also thanked countries that have enacted laws punishing genocide deniers hoping that these laws will be applied.
The Speaker finally thanked some of the countries that have extradite genocide suspects to face justice in Rwanda or to be try them in their countries alleging however that the number of convicts is still low compared to that of suspects who are still at large.