Rwanda:Three arrested for propagating genocide ideology

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested and detained three people  in connection with propagating genocide ideology, as Rwanda commemorates Genocide papetrated agaist the Tutsi, Great Lakes Voice reports.

The arrested includes; one Alexis Nzamwitakuze 29, of Mahoro cell, Muhima Sector in Nyarugenge District, who, while conveying a message on the mourning programme in the area, allegedly told unnamed woman that commemorating is for the Tutsi only.

According to preliminary investigations, the suspect, who is currently detained at Nyamirambo police station, on the eve of April 7, literally told a woman after she asked him where the event will be held that “why do you ask, you Hutu? You just sleep because this concerns only the Tutsi.”

The other two suspects are identified as Alice Mukanoheri of Kanombe Sector in Kicukiro District and Wenceslas Rwange of Kimina cell, Kivu sector in Nyaruguru District, who were arrested on April 7.

Mukanoheri, who is held at Kanombe police station, was overheard saying that “they are lying that we killed them when I can still see their nose.”

Rwange, who is currently held at Muganza police station, is also accused of telling a 62-year old woman, who is a genocide survivor that he would “send her to where her children are.”

The victim’s children were killed during the genocide.

Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege, confirmed the arrests.

“It’s sad to see that after 19 years, with all lectures and sensitization campaigns conducted, we can still hear or see such negative ideologies among Rwandans,” he said.

He urged Rwandans to be “one” and unite towards the common good, adding that such negative ideologies are punishable under the law.

According to article 116 of the penal code, any person who publicly shows, by their words, writings, images, or by any other means, that they negate genocide committed, rudely minimizes it or attempts to justify or approve its grounds, or any person who hides or destroys its evidence shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of 10 to 15 years.

However, under Article 135, any person, who commits the crime of genocide ideology and other related offences shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of more than five years to nine years and a fine of Rwf100, 000 to Rwf1 million.

ACP Badege also appealed to Rwandans to universally take part in the commemoration activities.

“Measures are in place to fight and prevent such negative incidents and to further ensure maximum security in the country and in this commemoration period in particular,” he added, calling on the public to maintain the good partnership with police by reporting people involved in such criminal acts.

In a related development, police is also investigating a case in Ngororero District where the yet-to-be known people tried to kill a cow of a 45-year old genocide survivor widow. The incident happened on April 7 at about 11:30pm at her home in Gatumba sector, Mpara cell.

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