Up to this time 24 years ago, Rwanda and Uganda are jointly pursuing genocide perpetrators without any hope of coming forward to make any political reconciliation:


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Envoy. Rwanda Ambassador, Maj Gen Frank Mugambagye. FILE PHOTO

By Misairi Thembo Kahungu

The governments of Uganda and Rwanda have an understanding to pursue the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide that left about one million Rwandans dead, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda has said.

Maj Gen Frank Mugambagye said this while addressing journalists at his office in Kampala on Friday ahead of this month’s 24th commemoration of the genocide.

April 7 is the day the genocide started and by the time it ended, millions of Rwandans had fled into neighbouring countries.

The genocide against Tutsi was conducted by Hutu radicals.

Gen Mugambage said many of the genocide perpetrators are scattered all over the world and that they must be arrested and tried.

He said Rwanda has been providing the Ugandan government information and case files of the suspects to help in arresting and extraditing such suspects to face trials for crimes against humanity.

“Rwanda’s justice system is continuing to investigate and information about genocide actors, on who we have sufficient evidence, is given to the governments in countries where they are. We have a number of cases files provided to the Uganda government,” he said.

He added that where necessary, such suspects when arrested are extradited on request by the Kigali established or are put on trial wherever they are because they committed crimes against humanity which can be tried anywhere in the world.

The Executive Director of the Uganda Media Centre, Mr Ofwono Opondo, said it is not a secret that Uganda is cooperating with Rwanda in handling genocide perpetrators so long as legal processes are followed in cases of extradition.

Mr Opondo said Uganda’s support to Rwanda started in 1994 through efforts of ending the genocide, helping the Rwanda Patriotic Front that ushered in president Paul Kagame’s leadership and also playing host to Rwanda refugees.

“There is no contradiction in what Gen Mugambagye said because we are handling perpetrators of the genocide so long as there is a legal process being followed.

Our only problem is about people being waylaid in Uganda and taken back to Rwanda without our knowledge,” Mr Opondo said.

Mr Opondo said, however, that for the case of suspects that have been granted asylum through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees arrangement, no arrests and extraditions are permissible under the United Nations legal system since Uganda has no authority over them.

He added that such arrests and extraditions can only be done when there is “sufficient evidence and through indictment”.

Uganda and Rwanda have recently gone on a collision path and one of the areas of contention is alleged illegal extradition of Rwandan nationals from Uganda.

Top police officers accused of participating in the illegal extraditions are currently undergoing trial in the army court. The individuals extradited to Rwanda, however, were not connected to the 1994 genocide but had fallen out with Kigali.





Rwanda tries not to forget the African tyranny that caused a very bloody military coup in that country 24 years ago:

By Wilson Manishimwe


Added 7th April 2018


He said some foreign powers have supported the perpetrators of the genocide that claimed about one million lives of people, majority of them being Tutsi.


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The long serving President of Rwanda Mr Paul Kagame

"Rwanda has changed for good and forever, and will not be the same, President Paul Kagame," has said.

He said this at Kigali Genocide Memorial was during the launch of the 24thcommemoration of people who died in genocide in 1994.


“This country has changed; it will never be the same. It has changed for good and forever,”he said.


He insisted some foreign powers have supported the perpetuators of the genocide that claimed about one million lives of people, majority of them being Tutsi. He said those countries have extended their influence to some nationals in Rwanda with intentions of seeing what happened in 1994 happen again.


“The lives that Rwandans lost because of some people, whether Rwandans or foreigners; we know how to advocate for those lives,” he stated amidst little Saturday afternoon drizzling.


 President Kagame, who also has refused to leave state power, lits a flame symbolizing the hope of a better political future for this country.


Kagame who was flanked by Rwanda’s First Lady among other government officials said: “This is the 24th time we commemorate; it’s like the first time. Commemorating is to start afresh as we remember our nature, families, lives and the country; when we commemorate, we go back in these times,” he reminded.