Rwanda: Rwandan media highlight int'l campaign against genocide

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Global campaigns against genocide dominated newspaper headlines in Rwanda this week, as the country is commemorating the 22nd anniversary of the genocide in which more than a million Tutsis lost their lives.

Running the story, the vernacular daily, IGIHE.COM, said that 'more than half of the Rwandan population, aged below 16 before 1994, participated in the perpetration of the Rwandan genocide.

"Yes, participation in the killings was difficult to explain," the vernacular newspaper reported, basing its facts on the latest figures released by Rwanda's National Commission For The Fight Against Genocide (CNLG). The figures showed that mass genocide participation in Rwanda involved 3.4 million perpetrators.

The newspaper said participants in the Rwandan genocide numbered 1,678,737 people, including 65 individuals who have already been convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Commenting on these figures, the Principle Legal Advisor at Rwanda's National Commission For The Fight Against Genocide (CNLG ), Diogene Bideli, noted that there is still a great number of criminals at large.

Among the most wanted perpetrators are Maj. Protais Mpiranya, a former  Rwandan Commander of the Presidential Guard, currently holding an unknown official portfolio in the ranks of the FDLR (the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda), the primary remnant of the Rwandan Hutu rebel group in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and other top executives of the same rebel group, including Esron Nyawenda, Sixbert Ndayambaje and Brig.-Gen. Appolinaire Hakizimana.

Apart from fighting genocide Ideology, the headlines were also dominated by a series of events that were held by Rwandans both in and outside the country to honour genocide victims.

The vernacular Kigali Today reported that commemoration events will also continue across the country through 3 July, the day on which the Rwanda Patriotic Army seized power and effectively stopped the Genocide.

Commemoration events will include the laying of wreaths on the graves of victims in memorial sites, marching in a “Walk To Remember” campaign created by young Rwandans, Rwandan Minister of Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu, told the newspaper.

"Twenty-two years later, Rwandans remember" was the screaming headline in the English daily, The New Times, with the report saying that One of the foreign leaders who will attend the commemoration event at the Kigali Genocide Memorial is the Tanzanian President, John Pombe Joseph Magufuri, who is already in the country for a two-day official visit,

The New Times said that during this year’s commemoration period, Rwandan Diaspora community will be more engaged in the fight against genocide ideology and revisionism.

Similarly, another private newspaper, Rushyashya, also questions  the real story behind the speech that was made recently by former Rwandan King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa', who is currently living in political asylum in the United States.

Despite some reports by Western media alleging that King Kigeli V Ndahindurwa is experiencing hard living conditions in the US, he still enjoys all privileges and immunities granted by the host nation, despite rumours saying otherwise, the vernacular newspaper said.

In a recent controversial speech at the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the genocide against Tutsis, the former Rwandan monarch was quoted as saying that he was "saddened" and upset to hear  that innocent people have continued to be killed in Rwanda.

The speech, the media reported, proves that the monarch is not getting updated information about the latest socio-economic development trends in his native nation.
-0- PANA TWA/VAO 16April2016

16 april 2016 09:35:54

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