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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:22/04/2020

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From April 7th up to July 4 every year, Rwandans commemorate the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis in 1994. This year is the 26th commemoration anniversary “Kwibuka26”.

The talk show  Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru (Club de la  Presse) broadcasted this Sunday 19/04/2020 in synergy by ten radios from all regions of the country and a Television (TV Isango star), focused on “The 26th commemoration of genocide against the Tutsi: the resistance of Tutsi in Mwulire sector . 

The invitees

  1. UMUTONI Jeanne/Vice Mayor of RWAMAGANA district
  2. BUTERA Charles/Genocide survivor
  3. UWAMBAYE Drocella/Genocide survivor

Mwulire, which is currently part of Eastern Province’s Rwamagana District, is known for the bravery of Tutsis who had sought refuge at the hill during the Genocide and organised one of the toughest and heroic resistances against Interahamwe militia killers and soldiers

BUTERA Charles, one of the invitees was among Tutsi who formed a self-defense group. He said they did not know that it would be a major killing site where many would perish at the height of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

At the time, the Tutsi were being hunted and killed in many areas of Bicumbi, as well as other areas of Rwamagana and beyond.

From April 8 to 18, armed with traditional weapons and survival instincts, the Tutsi who lived in Mwulire and hundreds others who had taken refuge put up a brave fight against the government backed militia, Interahamwe, and troops.

“On 12th April, at around 8am, the battle would begin. Interahamwe, the communal police and soldiers, from the former Communes of Bicumbi, Rutonde, Muhazi and Gikoro attacked us."

"But we repulsed them and not so few of them actually died. The men in our community, led by one called Gido, used traditional bows and arrows, spears, as weapons. Women and girls used stones which were supplied by all young children."

One April 16, Uwambaye Drocelle another survivor   recalls, a senior communal police officer of  Bicumbi Commune called Celestin Munyakayanza who led the attackers was killed and his gun taken.

On April 18, however, they were outnumbered and overpowered. On that day, the Interahamwe were reinforced by the then presidential guard brigade and other government troops. The Tutsi threw everything they could find at the killers. But by noon, they had been defeated.

Very many were killed. Those who survived the onslaught that day fled to different places including Gishari, Nkamba and Ruramira in current Kayonza district.

The vice mayor of Rwamagana district said that their dignity facing the killers and building a sense of pride and self-determination in the face of adversity, values embodied by the Tutsi of Mwulire can still serve as a foundation for the moral and socio-political reconstruction of a society.

“Yes, we have to resist because promoters of darkness are still around,” vice mayor said.

She added that there is a step made of reconciliation between genocide survivors and perpetrators families. However there are killers who are ashamed to ask for forgiveness and show survivors where they have put bodies of victims 

The invitees appreciated the bravery of RPF Inkotanyi for stopping the genocide and liberation of the country as well

 

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