Nyagatare: Where Tutsis Were Killed and Dumped In River

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Speaking at the event, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ambassador Claver Gatete said:

“As we prepare to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi for the twentieth time, let us all support the Ndi Umunyarwanda (I am Rwandan) program and strive to regain our dignity.”

“What we have achieved gives us confidence that we will continue to achieve more in the future. Our progress to date is thanks to our country’s good leadership and because we involve citizens in the decision making that affect their lives and the implementation of those decisions. As we look to the future, the Rwandan spirit should be our guide.”

Since independence in 1962, many Tutsi in Nyagatare were killed. In 1990, Tutsi in the area were imprisoned and some were killed, accused of being accomplices to the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF).


Many of those killed were dumped into the Muvumba River and some Tutsi also drowned trying to escape, or drowned themselves in desperation.

The school grounds of the Umutara Polytechnic (now the University of Rwanda Nyagatare Campus) were used as a military barracks where ex-FAR imprisoned Tutsi before killing them and dumping them into Muvumba.

The Nyagatare memorial today holds the remains of Tutsi recovered from the river.

Today’s event was hosted by Mayor Fred Sabit Atuhe and reflected on the events of the genocide in 1994 as well as the journey of unity and renewal in Nyagatare and Rwanda since.

The Flame of Remembrance was received from Gicumbi District by two 20-year-old students, Colombe Sugi and Dieudonne Mutaganda.

A children’s choir from St Leonard Primary School sung ‘Urumuri Rutazima’ (Never Ending Flame) to welcome the flame.

Genocide survivor Vital Ndayambaje gave his testimony and a message of unity was delivered by Donathile Mukabareka. A poem was ready by Innocent Gahenda and a song called ‘Akira Urumuri” was performed by Théogene Nzabatsinda.

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 will be 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 will stem 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 on April 7.

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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