The security situation across the country was generally calm during the 24th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda National Police spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) Theos Badege, has said.
CP Badege said that the commemoration week was marked with mass participation in commemorative events and security organs ensured that security was well maintained at all sites.
Normally, cases of genocide ideology are widely reported during the commemoration period but according to the spokesperson, these cases keep dropping each year, “an indication that there is hope that at one point there won’t be a single case.”
“Most of the cases we recorded were verbal in nature against genocide survivors and a few physical cases…Some of the cases have been transferred to the prosecution while others are still being investigation.
Notably in all these cases is that ,90% were utterances which is different from last year’s situation where we received a big number of cases coming from text messages or social media,” said CP Badege.
The spokesperson however said that there was no case of murder related to genocide ideology reported during the commemoration week.
“There were also some physical incidents like hacking a cow belonging to a genocide survivor in Bugesera, uprooting plantations of a genocide survivor in Kayonza and throwing stones on houses of genocide survivors but these were isolated incidents and those involved were arrested,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Police spokesperson attributed the continued decrease in cases of genocide ideology to early preparations for commemoration event, effective coordination among all stakeholders and the general public attitude where people are strongly standing up against genocide ideology.
CP Badege also hailed public partnership in reporting such cases and continued vigilance in fighting genocide ideology and those crimes such as threats, violence and insults against Genocide survivors, will be overcome if residents continue to consistently condemn these acts.