Rwandans are expressing outrage after seven survivors of the
country's genocide were reportedly killed this year. They are calling on
President Paul Kagame's government to set up a commission of inquiry to
investigate the crime and punish the perpetrators. IBUKA, which is the
organization of the survivors of Rwanda's 1994 genocide, says there seems to be
an orchestrated attempt to kill survivals. John Bosco Gasasira is the editor of
the Umuvugizi Independent Newspaper in Rwanda. He tells reporter Peter Clottey
from the capital, Kigali that the government is not doing enough to protect the
is a genocide survivors' association and back here at home in Rwanda, the
genocide survivors are experiencing lots of problems of insecurity most
especially in up country and in some villages. In the Kigali suburbs we found
out that in just a short period this year more than seven genocide survivors
have been killed. They are being assassinated in one way or another," Gasasira
said the government has not done enough to protect genocide survivors.
you know RPF (Rwanda Patriotic Front) as the ruling party and the government
are credited for stopping genocide, but on another side they are criticized for
failing to protect the security of genocide survivors. When I caught the
minister for internal affairs who was advising genocide survivors last year,
saying that they should sleep earlier and walk in groups, as if they don't have
rights. If it were to be in another country, this minister could have been
forced to resign straight away. So, really their security is not good and the
measures of the government is not all that good," he said.
said genocide survivors are powerless to protect themselves with the ongoing
attempt to kill them.
just publicly campaign about what is going on, but it has no any other solution
of stopping the killings. It behooves the government of Rwanda, which has to
install critical measures and the way it needs to stopping genocide and
installing the security of genocide survivors. But IBUKA is handicapped, it
can't protects its people apart from going in the open and talking about the
killings, but it has not measures of stopping them," Gasasira noted.
said there was need for President Kagame's government to be harsh on the
perpetrators to serve as a deterrent.
a way the government of Rwanda is trying to protect them and trying to improve
their economic and financial status. We think it is really important to embark
on security countrywide to severely punish those (perpetrators) who are doing
that and enforce whereby if the minister can't do that, the police can't do
that and if local leaders can't do that they could resign. The government
should put a lot of pressure and measures on the entire population and punish
those who are the perpetrators and even punishing those local leaders if they
fail to protect the genocide survivors, I think that could really reduce the
genocide survivors who are now dying," he said.
said the government seems to be protecting those who are alleged to have fully
participated in the country's 1994 genocide to the detriment of the genocide
know the government of Rwanda is putting pressure on security, justice, unity
and reconciliation. But in unity and reconciliation you can't bend on one line
making justice for genocide participators but fail to reinforce on giving
security to genocide survivors," Gasasira pointed out.
Maxim Niyibizi, a genocide survivor was
reportedly hacked with machetes by unknown assailants last week. It was
reported that police preliminary investigation suggested that Niyibizi might
have been killed by genocide suspects and their accomplices who don't want
their acts in the 1994 genocide revealed.
Another genocide survivor, Emmanuel
Ndishimye from Rugarama cell, Gatsibo district was also burnt with petroleum
and is now undergoing treatment at a local hospital. This comes after the minister of internal affairs recently
told genocide survivors to go to bed early and walk in groups when the group
expressed concerns about insecurity.