Genocide victims honoured in Uganda
Rwandans living in Uganda, Saturday, thronged Ggolo Memorial Site in Uganda to pay tribute to thousands of Genocide victims buried there.
Ggolo, in Mpigi District, is home to over 4,000 Genocide victims. It is among three memorial centres in Uganda, the others being Kasensero in Rakai District and Lambu in Masaka.
The bodies of the victims were dumped into different rivers across Rwanda during the genocide, and ended up on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda.
A delegation of members of Humura, an organisation of Genocide survivors in Rwanda, Saturday, joined the mourners who were led by Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage.
“These Genocide sites are permanent reminders to the present and future generations that genocide is a bad thing and we should all make sure that it never happens again,” Mugambage said.
Pupils from Ggolo Primary School carried placards denouncing Genocide.
Mugambage lashed out at negationists, saying their attempts to deny the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi will be defeated by Rwandans and all peace loving people.
“We have them in Europe, they are in North America, they are in the neighbourhoods here in the region,” he said.
“But the determination of the people of Rwanda and partners will never allow this to happen and we must forever try to ensure that these increasingly lonely voices are completely silenced.”
The president of Humura, Alfred Rudodo, commended the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) for having put a stop to the massacres.
He called for the arrest of Genocide fugitives that are still at large, and thanked the Canadian government for extraditing Genocide suspect, Leon Mugesera.
“The blood of our children is still calling for help, it is calling for the arrest of genocide fugitives who are in different parts of Africa, and Europe,” he said.
Mahamood Noordin Thobani, a Ugandan businessman who donated the land on which the site is established asked the mourners to keep praying for the souls of the Genocide victims.