Shima Diane Rwigara, the leader of People Salvation Movement-Itabaza and Human Rights Activist has accused the Kigali regime of allegedly killing people as was the case of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
A series of allegations are contained in her “Open Letter to President Paul Kagame”, dated July 15, 2019.
Rwigara, who attempted to run in the 2017 Presidential elections but was disqualified on grounds of forgery and falsification of signatures, told a press conference in Kigali on Tuesday that many genocide survivors continue to lose their lives at an alarming rate.
She listed dozens of the people who she claims have been killed during the reign of President Paul Kagame on top of those who died during the genocide.
Her letter followed the death of a prison guard known as Jean-Paul Mwiseneza alias Nyamata, on June 10, who she claims is a genocide survivor.
Rwigara claims that the government seems more interested in preserving the memory of the dead but not concerned by the plight of the survivors.
The National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG) dismissed allegations as “fabrications, utter lies and an attempt to trivialise the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi”.
Denial of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi is a crime which is punishable by the Rwandan law.
“What the Government of Rwanda under the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) has done to restore the lives of genocide survivors and give them hope is clear for all to see. Even the visually impaired or those corrupted by ethnic hate can testify,” Dr Jean Damascene Bizimana, the Executive Secretary of CNLG, is quoted by KT Press as saying.
He added: “Genocide survivors have been categorical in thanking the government for what it has done in their lives for the last 25 years, from affording them good healthcare, education, shelter and their general welfare. Genocide survivors do not need Diane Rwigara’s lies or any advocacy for that matter, from people who reason like her.”
Dr Bizimana said Rwigara’s statements are unfounded and dangerous yet they cannot be backed by evidence.
“There is denial in her statements because under the 2013 law punishing the crime of genocide ideology and other related crimes which was amended in 2018, spreading falsehoods and unfounded allegations on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and disparaging facts to mislead the public is tantamount to denial,”
“From her statements, she is not only trivializing the genocide, but she is also engaged in defamatory acts which are punishable by the law,” Dr Bizimana said.
Here is the full letter: