Anti-genocide commission releases new report today

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) will this afternoon present its 2013/14 report to a joint session of Parliament.
The Genocide memorial at University of Rwanda's Huye campus. File
The Genocide memorial at University of Rwanda's Huye campus. File

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) will this afternoon present its 2013/14 report to a joint session of Parliament. 

The report is expected to show how the commission addressed issues that arose from the last report. CNLG officials will also be presenting the work plan for the 2014/2015 financial year.

Last year’s report pointed out that a number of Genocide memorial centres across the country were either incomplete or were not well constructed. Some even experienced flooding whenever it rained, it said.

“A few other Genocide memorial sites were also not effectively managed,” it added.

There are about 300 Genocide memorial sites in the country.

The memorials cited in the report included Gisenyi, Kanzenze and Nyundo in Rubavu District and Muhoza in Musanze District. Others were Nyakarambi and Nyarubuye in Kirehe District, Rukara in Kayonza District, Nyarushishi in Rusizi District, and Nyange in Ngororero District.

 Last year, legislators were particularly furious over floodwater from River Sebeya that gushed into Nyundo Genocide Memorial Centre in Rubavu, in 2012, causing considerable damage.

 “Remains of victims had to be relocated to Nyundo Cathedral, while a better site to construct a new memorial was being sought,” last year’s report read in part.

CNLG executive secretary Jean de Dieu Mucyo told parliamentarians then that the commission was poorly funded considering its mandate.

In the 2012/13 budget, CNLG was allocated Rwf1.6 billion and then Rwf2.2 billion the following financial year.  

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