Gatsibo to enlist all victims of genocide
Flame of Remembrance (Kwibuka20), on March 14, 20014 travelled from Nyagatare to Gatsibo District escorted by a convoy of government officials, making its or the 22nd stopover during the countrywide tour.
The children’s choir from Kiramuruzi Primary School welcome the flame amidst singing ‘Urumuri Rutazima’ (Never Ending Flame) , which was carried by Laetitia Kayitesirwa and Cyprien Habimana, both 20 year old.
The mayor of Gatsibo District Ambroise Ruboneza has said that the names of all victims buried at the Kiziguro Memorial will be found and enlisted as soon as possible.
Hundreds of school students and resident stood steadfast to watch a short documentary film: Remember, Unite, Renew that was shown as part of the reminder of the history and way forward for Rwanda today.
Special guest at the Gatsibo event Protais Mitali Minister of Sports and Culture called on Rwandan to embrace unity and reconciliation and the sense of being Rwandan.
“I call on all Rwandans to embrace the Ndi-Umunyarwanda (I am Rwandan) program. The light and spirit of Rwandans will never be extinguished…We are in the season of light after a long darkness that led to the Genocide against the Tutsi” he said.
Pastor William Ndongozi, a genocide survivor, gave his testimony at the event and narrated how the killing of Tutsi began in 1963-64. He has recited the names of victims including his uncles.
He also said that one of the notorious militias known as Gatete- who used to take identifications from Tutsi men and accused them for being soldiers working with the then rebel Rwanda Patriotic Army (now Rwanda defense forces) and the victims were later burnt to death at Byumba army barracks.
“In 1990, former Mayor Jean-Baptiste Gatete took Tutsi men from the area to Byumba military camp. They were set on fire outside the camp & killed. On April 6th 1994 when President Habyarimana died, Mayor Gatete returned to Murambi from Kigali to implement the genocide plan.” Ndongozi said.
He said that Gatete also imprisoned Tutsi, especially teachers, businessmen, nurses and those considered to have positions of responsibility in the community and most of them were taken to Byumba military camp and killed.
On the morning of 7 April 1994, former Mayor Gatete called a meeting to discuss how to quickly carry out the final plan to kill Tutsi, but many Tutsi fled to the Kiziguro Catholic Parish and while some were killed on their way to the parish, around 3,700 arrived there alive.
“I spent one month in Lake Muhazi hiding from the killers and survived on eating sugarcanes all that time. I didn’t know RPA had liberated the area.” – Pastor William Ndongozi, “I encourage all Rwandans to live united and reject genocide ideology. I am 60 & this year I will start university” William Ndongozi.