Rwanda: Who will provide justice to pastor NTAKIRUTIMANA Elizaphan’s family?

Dr Gérard Ntakirutimana.

Pastor Ntakirutimana’s family fell into the hands of murderers and greedy conspirators. Who will really vindicate that Family?

Fellow Rwandans, when the consequences of the Rwandan genocide are mentioned, most of the people think about the calamity that befell the Tutsis as they are the only perceived survivors. The reality is, they are not the only ones battling the consequences of the Rwandan genocide: there are innocent people who are suffering in all ethnic groups. The cruelty of greedy people who are always looking for favours from the RPF and ethnic discrimination are some of the factors that have negatively influenced people’s hearts in Rwanda. Before and after the 1994 war in Rwanda, there were a lot of Hutu people who were abused, just as there are Tutsis who are currently suffering but have no way to speak up.

After the war, many Tutsis were delighted to see the end of the Hutu regime and considered the new administration to be theirs. They assumed that the new Tutsi administration would favour and advance them; as a result, they chose to act wickedly by accepting to be used by the RPF in its macabre hidden agenda. Both the innocent and guilty members of the Hutu group were subjected to imprisonment, killed; and it was evident that they would be exposed to all sorts of abuse under the new Tutsi regime.

Those Tutsis forcefully took over most of the Hutus’ belongings. They forsook those who were good to them, failed their neighbours, and turned their backs on even those who risked their lives for them during the genocide. Some Hutus feel that Tutsis who behaved that way were a disgrace to the whole Tutsi ethnic group-the same way Hutus who carried out the genocide of Tutsis brought disgrace to all members of the Hutu ethnic group. All that has happened in Rwanda reveals that perpetrators and victims came from both ethnic groups.

The evil doers have created a bad reputation for all Rwandans

Elizaphan Ntakirutimana (on the left) with his son Gerard Ntakirutimana (on the right) are falsely accused at the ICTR, in Arusha.

Coming back to the acts of random revenge targeting members of the Hutu ethnic group, despite the fact that such acts were carried out in the whole country, the worst acts of injustice occurred in the province of Kibuye. Among the victims was the family of Pastor Ntakirutimana Elizaphan which was targeted by people who wanted to be in the RPF’s good books and take over the family’s assets.

Unfortunately, those Tutsis who engaged in acts of violence and looting against Hutus did not know that the new administration would later turn on them and kill them. Assiel Kabera and Jean de Dieu Mucyo are among those who were killed by the new regime after wreaking havoc among innocent Hutus. In Kibuye, Asiel Kabera led the campaign to make false accusations against Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana’s family. He worked closely with Hozeya Niyibizi, Dr Kayijaho, Paul Muvunyi, Bandora, Kankindi and others.

Kankindi took over one of the houses owned by Pastor Ntakirutimana Elizaphan. The family suffered from false accusations of killings, all fabricated (GUTEKINIKA as they call it) by Hozeya Niyibizi who, during the genocide, was not in Kibuye but was in Kigali at Hotel des Mille Collines. People like Hozeya Niyibizi claimed that they saw members of Pastor Ntakirutimana family committing acts of genocide in Mugonero. Bandora who manned roadblocks is believed to have been an undercover RPF agent. He managed to get a fake identity document which said he was a Hutu. Instead of answering about what he did at the roadblocks, Bandora has been used to make false allegations against innocent people. FPR asked him to falsely accuse Ntakirutimana Elizaphan’s family, which he did because he knew that if he dared to speak the truth, RPF would withdraw their support and deny any involvement in using him.

Madame Kankindi occupied part of Pasteur Ntakirutimana’s house and the RPF occupied another part of this house on which he stuck his flag

As someone who was seen by many people working alongside Interahamwe on roadblocks, Bandora is one of the so-called witnesses who were used to discredit and frame Pastor Elizaphan’s family. All this was done because of jealousy and envy over this family’s assets. In Kibuye there was a lot of bitterness done by some Tutsis who wanted to get some favours from the RPF. Unfortunately, the latter turned against them and killed some of them. Others were forced into exile and have not regretted their actions until now.

Pastor Ntakirutimana Elizaphan’s family has been targeted for their assets and because they stood against killing Rwandans during genocide or other massacres. This family is also targeted because of the good relations they have had with both Hutus and Tutsis. The family refused to embrace RPF policies and opted to stand firmly on their integrity. One of their immovable assets have been confiscated by the RPF and some of its influential members. It’s time for Rwandans to say no to all evil actions, to say no to all kind of manipulations. Rwandans must stand up and fight for justice for members of all ethnic groups. We must say no to all the accusations based on fabricated evidence while the real criminals are enjoying life.

Assiel Kabera (on the left) na JD Mucyo (on the right)

For this reason, all well-meaning Rwandans, all human rights organizations, foreigners who follow closely what is happening in Rwanda should rise up and condemn the injustice that was and is still being done to the family of Pastor Ntakirutimana Elizaphan. They should condemn gross injustice done through international and national courts. This family’s suffering is unbearable whilst the real genocide perpetrators move freely in Rwanda under the protection of those in power. It’s very sad to see judges from developed countries being misled by the government of Rwanda and convict innocent people onthe basis of fabricated stories.

If we all rise up together and fight against lies and deception in the cases related to the Rwandan genocide, we will be able to save a lot of Rwandans and expose evildoers who continue to destroy the Rwandan society. We should not be afraid of seeking justice for those who are suffering injustice.

Umurerwa F.

Kampala, Uganda.

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