Supervising killings, planning attacks and distributing food rations to Interahamwe militia, were part of Sadi Bugingo’s undertakings during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, a survivor alleges.
The Norwegian Police, on Tuesday, arrested Bugingo who was indicted by the Rwandan prosecution through the Genocide Fugitives Tracking Unit.
In the then Kibungo Prefecture, now Ngoma District, where he was allegedly a high profile militia member, Interahamwe gangs returned from their day’s ‘work’ to give him, and two others, reports on who was killed and who was still alive, or unaccounted for.
Thorough plans would then be crafted, for the next day’s ‘work’.
MP Charles Kamanda survived the Kibungo mass executions and lives to tell the evil.
“A report was usually submitted to three people –Etienne Nzabonimana, Habimana, alias Cyasa, and Bugingo,” Kamanda recounts.
“These were the big shots who were given the names figures of those killed, then they arranged for the day’s food and planned the next day’s attacks. Clearly, he was among the leaders of the Interahamwe.”
Nzabonimana is believed to be in Belgium, while Habimana is supposedly serving time in Kibungo prison.
Kamanda remembers when the Interahamwe militia formed extended lines, armed with various weapons, including grenades, moved into bushes and gullies to hunt and kill the hiding Tutsi.
“People like Bugingo did not go to the bush. They would supervise. I remember Bugingo moved in a Suzuki vehicle. Not onr hour passed without him driving by as he monitored along the one street of Kibungo town,” said Kamanda.
“Sometime in mid April, we fought a battle against the Interahamwe, but eventually lost. We fought using bricks, stones and sticks. We really hit them and they fled. And then we wondered, ‘have we really won, or are they going to come back?”
The Interahamwe eventually came back, with soldiers and grenades.
“They threw grenades and when we heard the explosions, we scampered into the bush.
We were only lucky because it was getting dark” Kamanda said:Days later, on April 26, the then advancing Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) rescued him, his wife, and many others.
Since 2001, Bugingo has been living in the Norwegian city of Bergen with his wife and three children.
He works as a cleaner in a mall.