GATABAZI urges ULK staff and students to fight genocide ideology
On 25 October 2018, GATABAZI Claver, the Officer in Charge of Education and Genocide Prevention Programs in CNLG, addressed ULK staff and students on the role of the youth in fighting the genocide ideology.
The event was graced by, among other participants, the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel and MBONIGABA Théoneste, the Head of Students’ Affairs and Customer Care.
In his welcome note, Dr. SEKIBIBI Ezechiel, thanked the messenger from CNLG for having dedicated his dear time to addressing ULK community and then he requested the gathering to lend him ears.
“I’d like to thank GATABAZI for having come to talk to us on such a topic of great importance. I therefore wish to request you to lend him your ears since the topic he is going to talk about is of great significance, and as you know with the genocide ideology, the future can’t be promising”, he told the participants.
In his message to the eager participants, GATABAZI gave the historical background of divisionism and hatred among Rwandans. As he said, divisionism and hatred go back to the arrival of colonial masters who settled in the country and sought ways to uninterruptedly lead Rwandans; hence they found divisionism and hatred the catalysts towards that aspiration.
“The unity of Rwandans suffered a lot upon the arrival of white colonialists. When they arrived, Rwandans were enjoying the spirit of brotherhood among themselves but this bond of brotherhood got broken as a result of the colonialists who introduced teachings that Rwandans weren’t originally the same and thus they shouldn’t stick themselves together for a shared future”, he said.
This mindset would ignite ire among Hutu population who would start hunting down Tutsis from 1959 by forcing many of them to leave their homes and exile to the neighboring countries. The hatred leapfrogged until 1994 when the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi claimed more than one million lives”, he added.
GATABAZI also told the participants ten (10) stages of genocide, namely; classification, symbolization, discrimination, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, persecution, extermination and denial. As he said, these stages can be found in all genocides which have so far been recognized by the United Nations.
Besides, GATABAZI assigned the participants especially the youth to stand tall and ready to fight the revisionism and denial of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi as there are some fugitives who are yet to be brought to book and they are currently doing all in their power to confuse the world that no genocide took place in Rwanda, while others try to trivialize the genocide.
Towards the end of the function, the floor was opened to the attendees so as to ask questions or echo their comments. Many questions were asked in this session and answers were satisfactorily given.
It should be noted that CNLG is the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide.