1994: Hutu Tycoon Kills Tutsi Wife As Example For Interahamwe

this web geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The flame will return to Kigali on 7 April 2014, the start of the national mourning period and twenty years since the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

The flame travels next to Nyagatare District on 11 March 2014.

Anastase Kamizikunze, 40, spoke about how he survived the genocide in Mutete and about going back to school after the genocide.

Perpetrator Innocent Nyirigira, 48, explained his role in the genocide and his new life after being released from prison.

Gicumbi District is composed of former Kiyombe, Mukarange, Cyumba, Kibali, Bwisige, Kinyami, Rutare, Giti, Buyoga and Cyungo communes.


Byumba in Gicumbi is among the places where Tutsi were systematically killed as early as 1990. Some of the victims who were killed there were brought from Nyagatare and other areas in the east.

The first training of the militia under what was called “civil defence” started in Byumba communes, where the distribution of guns to the civilian population began in 1991.

When the genocide began, almost half of the district was under the control of Rwandan Patriotic Army.

This prevented the killing of Tutsi throughout the whole district but wide spread killings took place in Mutete, an area under control of the government forces (FAR).

Tutsi who had assembled at Zoko were initially able to resist attacks from the Interahamwe but succumbed when reinforcements arrived on 15 April 1994.

There were 1789 victims of the genocide in Gicumbi, some of whom were killed before 1994.

Among the perpetrators from the region was the influential businessman, Athanase Ntakaveve, who killed his own wife, Catherine, as an example for others to follow.

The event evoked painful memories of the massacres, with survivors often breaking down in grief.

This was part of the commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsi in which over one million people were killed.

Hosted by Mayor Alexandre Mvuyekure, the event reflected on the events of the genocide in 1994 as well as the journey of Gicumbi and Rwanda since.

Health Minister Hon. Minister Agnes Binagwaho, was the guest of honour.


The Kwibuka Flame of Remembrance symbolises remembrance as well as the resilience and courage of Rwandans over the past twenty years.

Carried in a simple lamp, it is being used to light other lamps in communities around Rwanda.

To mark twenty years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, all memorial fires throughout the country are stemming from this single Kwibuka Flame.

On returning to Kigali, President Paul Kagame will use the Kwibuka Flame of Remembrance to light the National Flame of Mourning.

This will take place on 7 April 2014, marking the official beginning of the national mourning period of the commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda.

The flame will also be the source of the fire used at the candlelit vigil at Amahoro Stadium on the evening of 7 April 2014.

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