Three arrested over genocide ideology

Three people have been arrested in connection with propagating genocide ideology.

Three people have been arrested in connection with propagating genocide ideology.

Those arrested include one Alexis Nzamwitakuze, 29, of Mahoro cell, Muhima sector in Nyarugenge district. While conveying a message on the mourning programme in the area, she allegedly told a woman that commemorating is for the Tutsi only.

According to preliminary investigations, the suspect, who is currently detained at Nyamirambo Police Station, on the eve of April 7, told a woman after she asked him where the commemoration event would take place,  that; “Why do you ask? You just sleep because this concerns only the Tutsi.”

The other two suspects are identified as Alice Mukanoheri of Kanombe sector in Kicukiro district and Wenceslas Rwange of Kimina cell, Kivu sector in Nyaruguru district, who were arrested on April 7.

Rwange, who is currently held at Muganza police station, is also accused of telling a 62-year old woman, who is a Genocide survivor that he would “send her to where her children are.” 

The victim’s children were killed during the Genocide.

Calling for unity

Police Spokesperson Theos Badege, confirmed the arrests.

“It’s sad to see that after 19 years, with all lectures and sensitisation campaigns conducted, we can still hear or see such negative ideologies among Rwandans,” he said.

He urged Rwandans to be united towards the common good, adding that such negative ideologies are punishable under the law.

According to article 116 of the penal code, any person who publicly shows, by their words, writings, images, or by any other means, that they negate genocide committed, rudely minimises it or attempts to justify or approve its grounds, or any person who hides or destroys its evidence shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of 10 to 15 years.

ACP Badege also appealed to Rwandans to universally take part in the commemoration activities.

“Measures are in place to fight and prevent such negative incidents and to further ensure maximum security in the country during in this commemoration period in particular,” he added, calling on the public to maintain the good partnership with police by reporting people involved in such criminal acts.

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