France’s Sports Minister currently in Rwanda has honoured the victims of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
Laura Flessel-Colovic laid a wreath of flowers at the burial site of 250000 victims that lay to rest at the Kigali Memorial site at Gisozi a suburb of Kigali city.
“The Rwandan genocide was one of the worst atrocities of our time. It was committed while the world knew and could not prevent it. It has marked our humanity and our consciences. We have a duty to do everything we can to make such a tragedy never happen again, ” Laura Flessel-Colovic said in a tweet.
However, several testimonies and independent investigations have pointed to France’s government for its involvement both in aiding, training and actively taking part in the genocide against Tutsi which claimed a million lives.
France has persistently denied its role and still provides safe haven to dozens of perpetrators. Minister Flessel-Colovic has neither apologised on behalf of her government nor acknowledged its role.
Of the 835 fugitives indicted by Rwanda’s prosecution across 34 countries in the world, 42 notorious fugitives are freely living in France.
Meanwhile, the French Minister earlier held discussions with her Rwandan counterpart Julienne Uwacu.
“Fruitful interview with Julienne Uwacu, Minister of Sports and culture to talk about women’s sport, inclusion through sport, development of sport and cycling, national sport of Rwanda,” Flessel-Colovic said after their meeting.
Among other activities, the French Minister Flessel-Colovic was accompanied by Minister Julienne to the site of a new city stadium that is scheduled for construction.
She said that she “Lay the “first stone” of the City stadium with my counterpart Julienne Uwacu. Sports equipment funded by the @FondationEngie in partnership with the @Sports_gouv.”