On April 23, 2019, the Senate President Rt. Hon. Bernard Makuza said that the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 is not an accident or a natural disaster that befell Rwanda because it was long prepared and tried until it was executed with the support of the authorities then in place.
Makuza made this statement when he joined the people of Rwaniro Sector in Huye District for the 25th commemoration of the genocide against Tutsi.
He highlighted the reasons for the commemoration and memory of the history of the genocide and he said that Rwandans are learning from it.
"The lesson we learn from this history is that the genocide against the Tutsi is neither an accident nor a natural disaster that befell this country. Nor was it due to causes that some people want to distort. It is necessary to repeat it and to remember it because genocide is impossible without any preparation or support from the authorities ".
The Senate President said that the truth about the genocide is very well known because the genocide was long prepared and tried at different times until the plan was executed in 1994. He said that the genocide against Tutsi was possible because of the authorities who promoted the divisive and discriminatory politics that produced the genocide ideology.
"Evidence of the role of bad leadership in the preparation and execution of the genocide is clear, and some authorities that prepared and executed the genocide surrendered to justice and pleaded guilty to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and before Rwandan courts ".
He indicated the role of leadership in the preparation and execution of the genocide that was expressed through messages that were conveyed through the media of hatred.
"How to explain that the national radio and the destructive radio RTLM broadcast words and messages of hatred by singling out the people to kill while these radios were operating in a country supposedly with authorities and to say that the leadership did not play any role? It is obvious that these media were channels used by these authorities to encourage the execution of this plan," he said.
During this ceremony, the President of the Senate and other authorities joined the survivors of this region and the residents of Rwaniro Sector in the burial in Mwendo memorial site of 25 bodies of genocide victims found in different localities of this sector, in addition to other 3268 bodies already buried in this memorial.