Pleading with genocide perpetrators to show or indicate places where they dumped bodies of victims could soon be stopped because they intentionally refuse to speak-up.
Several perpetrators have remained tight lipped about the exact sites where they secretly killed and dumped bodies of genocide victims and this has left surviving families hurting across the country.
Dr. Jean Damascène Bizimana the Executive Secretary in the National Commission For The Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) told mourners gathered at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in Rubona, Huye district during the 23rd commemoration of victims of Genocide against Tutsi.
“I don’t think we should continue pleading with perpetrators to show us where they dumped bodies of victims. If they want they can tell us. If we are lucky and locate any sites, we will always accord them decent burial,” Dr. Bizimana said.
Mourners are today #Kwibuka23 paying tribute to former staff of Rwanda Agricultural Research Institute (ISAR) that were identified and killed during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi which claimed a million lives.
Dr. Bizimana also cautioned that prayers by the catholic church faithful should not dominate commemoration event. “It’s not only Catholic Tutsi that were targeted. Tutsi of various faith including muslims, Adventisits, protestants and other religions were equally targeted,” he said.
Christine Niwemugeni the Vice Mayor for Social Affairs in Huye district promised that future commemoration events will reflect all religious faiths and not domination by catholic church.
However, Dr. Bizimana suggested that commemoration should entirely be commemoration and not prayers be conducted differently but not integrated in the main event.