The Government of Rwanda, through its High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage, has extended appreciation to Uganda for the great work it has done in securing and protecting the Genocide memorial sites in the country.
Speaking at the event to mark the 16th commemoration against the Tutsi, Mugambage hailed the Ugandans for ensuring security for the three sites in various parts of Uganda, which are home to thousands of Genocide victims.
“On behalf of Rwandan government and all Rwandans I’m pleased to thank the Ugandan government, local leaders, communities for supporting us rebury the remains of these victims,” Mugambage told the gathering at the Kasensero site in Rakai district.
The envoy noted that Rwanda recognizes and respects some individuals who fought much to stop the Genocide like President Yoweri Museveni, the late Julius Nyerere, and Prime Minister Mellis Zenawi of Ethiopia who were all given medals to this effect.
He, however, added that there is a strong need to denounce Genocide perpetrators and deniers wherever they are, to ensure that they face justice in Rwanda where the crimes were committed.
“We must denounce the Genocide and fight all the deniers and their agents in order to streamline the future of our countries,” Mugambage said, adding that the endeavour to hide the truth of those who indulged in the massacres must be fought.
Meanwhile the chairman of HUMURA association, Alfred Rudodo, told The New Times that plans are underway to search for other remains which might have landed on other shores of lakes in several countries.
“We have discovered that our beloved ones might have floated to neighbouring countries like Kenya, Sudan, Congo, Egypt, shores of Mediterranean Sea and other countries. We have to ensure that these remains are accorded decent burial like we have done in Uganda,” he said.
Rudodo took the opportunity to thank the Rwandan government for the support they have rendered to survivors as they strive to cope with the loss of their loved ones in the Genocide that left over a million people dead.