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

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:21/03/2021

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  • IPGL
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The Church like many other institutions in Rwanda was involved in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. It was indeed sad to see church members and some of their leaders participate in the heinous crimes of killing people.

Priests and nuns were among those slaughtered. But other priests and nuns were complicit, or even took part, in the violence. Thousands of people were butchered in churches where they sought refuge.

However there is a contribution of the church in peace building, unity and reconciliation after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru (Club de la Presse) talk show of this Sunday 21-03-2021 broadcasted in synergy by ten radios across the country and a Television (TV Isango star) focused on “The role of religious institutions in reconciliation of Rwandans after genocide”

Invitees

Studio:

  1. Tom Ndahiro/CNLG
  2. Laurence Mukayiranga/NURC

Phone call:

Rev.Dr.Antoine Rutayisire/Analyst

Tom Ndahiro said that churches had the role in the long-running hatred of genocide, arguing that they should now apologize as churches (institutions) that teach love

He added that Church should take off the pulpits all individuals suspected of participating in the genocide citing cases where they are still serving as priests.

Rev Antoine  Rutayisire said that  churches were late to apologize but that they were still waiting to see what had happened because  today’s church  leaders  are so different from  those  of before the genocide,  however he reminded  that individuals should be held responsible for their actions because they did so in their own capacity, not on behalf of the church.

He also said that the church participated and supported government programs in line with peace and reconciliation as well as delivering justice for the victims.

The invitee from NURC explained that reconciling Rwandans was more a state's will than religion, but that religions were also the first to be helped to understand the program.

She said that there has been commendable progress in the church in regard to uprooting ethnic divisions, preaching unity and reconciliation and restoring harmony and coexistence among Rwandans.

“The church took up the task, starting right from the families of those who were involved in the genocide, uniting families of victims and killers and ensuring that repentance, forgiveness and intercession are embraced.” Said Laurence Mukayiranga

The conclusion was that church members especially priests who completed their sentences should not go back in their responsibilities in churches because they no longer have the moral authority to stand before the congregation.

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