EDITORIAL: When will Genocide deniers get back to reality?

Rwandans have learned a lot in the last quarter century and it is not just a bunch of cowboys seeking media attention that will move their resolve to keep the memory burning.

The pack is circling again, it is approaching that time of the year when they can smell the blood of those they - and their allies - spilled in 1994.

Again, Brussels in Belgium, a hotbed of Hutu extremism and Genocide deniers, will today again become the launching pad of yet another attempt to rewrite history.

And as usual – never to disappoint is the same old cohort of Genocide apologists, renown revisionists and those whose families were directly linked to the planners of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

This group of familiar figures in the anti-Rwanda circle would not be complete without the presence of former Prime Minister Faustin Twagiramungu, and the perennial Belgian “expert” Filip Reyntjens who struggles to remain relevant in matters “Rwanda”.

The difference between Twagiramungu and the Belgian professor is that while the former changes his colours more than a chameleon, Reyntjens remains true to his pathological seething.

The Twagiramungu “Rukokoma” of pre and post-1994 is a complete version of today’s; the virulent racial slur-spitting old man. His generation is quickly running out of steam and it is only normal that they put in place a relay team who – on the surface – has no Genocidal skeletons in the closet.

But scratch a bit on the surface and their true colours reveal themselves; they are either children or close relatives of the Genocide masterminds and their goal is to sanitise their blood-soaked family members.

Rwandans have learned a lot in the last quarter century and it is not just a bunch of cowboys seeking media attention that will move their resolve to keep the memory burning. They may try as hard as they can to rewind the clock and write their own chapters, but theirs is a lost venture, for no matter how hard they try to hide the truth, it will always stick out: That is how stubborn it is.

editorial@newtimesrwanda.com

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