My fellow Rwandan and friends of Rwanda, today 7th of April, is the beginning of a week of commemorating of the 22nd
Anniversary of the 1994 of Rwanda Genocide against Tutsis.
On behalf of myself and my party, the Rwanda People’s Party (RPP), we join the Rwandan at home and abroad and all the friends of Rwanda to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsis.
Let us take our memories back to reflect the reflections of the well calculated and barbarism of the infamous 100 days that was characterised by the inhuman actions of the Habyarimana genocide regime and its allied Interahamwe militias.
During 100 days, some of the most terrible crimes in the history of mankind were committed. During that time, innocent Rwandan (Tutsis) were brutally murdered, raped and maimed. The 100 days left the country of Rwanda, a graveyard, filled with the bones of innocent victims. Our prayers today and every day are for all those who died. May God bless their souls.
At this sad time, we must make a promise to ourselves and each other, that such cruelties will never, never ever happen again. Nothing can justify such cruelty. We should use the anniversary to once again pledge that there will not be another Genocide in Rwanda.
We are encouraged that after 22 years, Stanislas Ntaganzwa, was finally deported from the DRC where he was arrested in Rutshuru (North Kivu) on December 11, 2015, to Rwanda to answer crimes in relation to the genocide and other charges related to crimes against humanity. We call upon all countries that are still shielding those responsible for crimes against humanity in Rwanda’s in 1994, especially France, Spain, Burundi and others to apprehend them so that they answer for the crimes they committed.
Fellow Rwandan and Friends of Rwanda, the RPP continue to isolate and fight those who seek to deny the Genocide.
There are many who seek to play down what happened in Rwanda in 1994, just as there are Holocaust- deniers. The RPP will always seek to bring the truth of the Genocide to the eyes of the world. We strongly condemn the BBC for its appalling and fictitious documentary (Rwanda’s Untold Story) that was aimed at minimising the genocide against Tutsi.
Indeed, the BBC was trying to use its status to persuade the world, that there has never been a genocide of Tutsis in 1994.
Let us once again remember all our dear and loved ones that we have lost. The tears will never dry and our pain will never end. However, we must forgive and move on and build a better Rwanda for our children. A peaceful, prosperous and democratic Rwanda is the best way that we can commemorate all those who were killed or left with permanent disabilities for life as a result of the horrific 100 days wrecked on Rwanda and Rwandan people.
Once again, let us remember our dead ones and promise to do all in our power to make sure that, there shall never be another genocide in Rwanda or elsewhere in the world.
May God Bless Rwanda and the great people of Rwanda.
John V Karuranga, President
Rwanda People’s Party (RPP)