Senate President Bernard Makuza calls on fellow political leaders and the whole Rwandan community to fight Genocide ideolgy, which led Rwanda to dark and horrible days during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, insisting that it was planned until it was executed in 1994.
Senator Makuza said this during the closing of the Mourning Week at Rebero Genocide Memorial, which is home to over 14,000 victims of Genocide buried there,including 12 politicians who were killed for standing against the genocidal government.
He said, ” We know the truth. Genocide was not accident or disaster; it was planned by politicians who were injecting propaganda in the major community to clean up any Tutsi around them. But the other truth is that no one can take us back. Today, we are all striving to move our country forward as one people, Rwandans,” Makuza said
“We must always remember that the Genocide was stopped by brave men women. We owe them our gratitude. Commemoration is time to reflect on our role as politicians, which is to practice constructive politics,” he added.
Thadee Karamaga, the now Unity Club member, was in charge of the Kanombe military mortuary where he hid the body of former Prime Minister Agathe Uwiringiyimana when he was tasked to bury her and erase all traces linking her death to government’s soldiers.
He is also known to have made the coffins for some of those who were killed in President Habyarimana’s plane crash whe he was a corporal in the ex-FAR.
Karamaga, who faced countless attempts to kill him, also says that the Genocide was planned until it was excecuted in 1994, with media, like Kangura and Medaille Nyiramacibiri which were used to running stories on the genocidal plan from A to Z.
Top officials stepped to the Memorial, where they laid a wreath in honour of politicians who were killed for opposing the genocidal plan.
Some of fallen politicians buried at Rebero Genocide Memorial include:
Joseph Kavaruganda, President of Rwanda’s Constitutional Court. He was killed for standing against genocide ideology & was killed on 7|04|1994
Landouard Ndasingwa: He was a leader of the Liberal Party (PL) of Rwanda. Following Habyarimana’s death, his entire family was killed
Charles Kayiranga, a politician and member of the PL He was killed in the Genocide because he promoted democratic governance
Venantie Kabageni: She was a member of the PL. She was killed at the start of the Genocide for standing against the Habyarimana regime, which she served several years as parliamentarian.
André Kameya, a journalist and member of the Liberal Party. He was killed in June 1994, while his wife and daughter were killed in April 1994
Faustin Rucogoza, Min. of Information.He and his wife were killed on April 7th 1994, after he appeared warning RTLM against broadcasting hate speech.
Felicien Ngango, first VP of PSD Party. He was killed for advocating for a Rwandan society free from ethnic hatred
Frederic Nzamurambaho, Founding President of the PSD Party. On 7 April 1994, he was shot dead in front of his family, he had been Minister of agriculture during monopartic regime
Jean Baptiste Mushimiyimana, member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD). He was killed for opposing the Habyarimana government’s actions
Jean de La Croix Rutaremara, a politician who opposed the Habyarimana regime’s politics of ethnic hatred and divisionism. he was also killed.
Apart from these twelve buried in Rebero site, Agatha Uwiringiyimana is buried at Remera, heroes’ square, and others are buried in different places. They include Boniface Ngurinzira, foreign minister; Hon. Dr Theoneste Gafaranga from PSD, and Jean Baptiste Habyarimana who was Prefet of Butare, in South.