Prisons pay tribute to personnel killed in 1994

The Commissioner General of Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS), Maj. Gen. Paul Rwarakabije, has advised Genocide survivors to remain strong and develop themselves because ‘despite what happened, life should continue’.

The Commissioner General of Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS), Maj. Gen. Paul Rwarakabije, has advised Genocide survivors to remain strong and develop themselves because ‘despite what happened, life should continue’.

Gen. Rwarakabije made the remarks when the RCS staff met to pay tribute to nine former employees who were killed in the Genocide.

Rwarakabije encouraged families of the victims and Genocide survivors in general, to put to shame those that planned to annihilate them, saying this can be done by ensuring they prosper.

“This is what dignifying oneself means, we have to build our country ourselves. Doing otherwise would be handing victory to the planners of the Genocide and their sympathisers,” Rwarakabije said, adding that the Genocide was prepared for a long time because segregation started way before 1994.

The president of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), Bishop John Rucyahana, told the mourners that genocide resulted from a hatred campaign spanning decades.

Various speakers requested the RCS to put more efforts in sensitising inmates to reveal the whereabouts of victims whose remains are yet to be recovered.

Rwarakabije said that such mobilisation has already started in different prisons. He also said that all prisons are requested to rehabilitate at least two neighbouring Genocide survivors’ houses.

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