On April 15, 2019, RtHon. Mukabalisa Donatille, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies joined the residents of Bugesera District in the 25th commemoration of Genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994, where she stated that remembering the genocide victims is every Rwandan’s responsibility.
At the function, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, different other officials and members from the families of genocide victims paid tributes to 45.000 bodies of the Tutsi killed during the genocide and laid wreaths on the graves where such bodies are buried in the Nyamata memorial.
In her address, Rt.Hon. Mukabalisa said that remembering gives room for mourning for victims of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, and resorting their honor and dignity that they were denied. It also provides an opportunity to remind ourselves of bad history and tragedy that the Tutsi experienced all along their daily lives marked by permanent persecutions.
She said: “Coming here specifically to remember the tragic history that the Tutsi of this District experienced and un paralleled atrocities and hatred which they went through from 1959 up to 1994 once again reminds us the courage and determination the Tutsi had to face all such problems and earn a leaving and sustain their families with a sense of responsibility and self-reliance despite the hardships they came across”.
She went on indicating that every Rwandan has the responsibility to explain such history so that the present and future generations know the truth about it as a way of preventing such bad history to reoccur once again and keep on track our healing and nation building processes.
RtHon. Mukabalisa specified that genocide was prepared by Rwandans themselves with the support from foreigners who had started their deadly plan wiping of the Tutsi. She said that genocide was implemented by ill-driven Rwandans but at the same time stopped by Rwandan heroes, the RPF soldiers who were led by President Paul Kagame.
Speaker Mukabalisa stated that in order to deal with genocide aftermath, the Government of Rwanda opted for cultural-based and homegrown solutions and established good governance and development programmes.
She indicated that even if tremendous steps were made in terms of national unity and reconciliation, there are still people with genocide ideology and those who negate and minimize the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi.
She said: “Remembering helps us to reunite and draw from our past lessons for us to fight genocide deniers and minimizers as well as those propagating genocide ideology, which we achieve through truthful accounts of our history and thereby denying room for those who distort it.”
RtHon. Mukabalisa said that anyone who would want to divide Rwandans and commit genocide again, their plan cannot be successful because with time the truth is more and more established and those genocidal ideas and lies by the genocide master minders and their supporters have been unveiled.
She recalled that genocide commemoration activities are helpful to the youth as the latter is both present and future leadership of the country and urged the young generation to uphold the achievements made so far as their own property.