Kagame Rallies Support in Genocide-Haunted Bugesera

Rwanda Presidential candidate Paul Kagame has rallied voters in Bugesera District where he emphasised the RPF Inkotanyi philosophy of building an inclusive society.

He said that Bugesera is a good example to show how unique Rwanda is, a country that against all odds forged national unity despite its terrible history of divisive politics and persecution.

“If they can’t listen to us because we want to build the country they destroyed, then it’s up to them. They don’t understand how the country can be this unified today because they wanted to build Rwanda using the foundation of divisions,” he said.

Bugesera is composed of the former communes of Kanzenze, Ngenda and Gashora.

On 11 April 1994 around 10,000 Tutsi who at taken refuge at Nyamata parish in Bugesera were systematically murdered.

On 14 April, around 6,000 Tutsi who had fled to Ntarama church were also killed.

Traditional weapons such as machetes, spears and arrows as well as grenades were used to massacre the victims.

The weapons used in the executions can be seen at the church today which is now a memorial site. Among these is a stick that was used to abuse women.


Bugesera District has four memorials where more than 65,000 victims of the genocide are now buried. Â More than 45,000 victims are buried at the memorial in Nyamata.

President Kagame said government wants everyone in Bugesera and every Rwandan to benefit from what we are doing to develop the country.

He urged residents in Bugesera and all citizens to use the chances they currently have to build their country and freely live here.

“You now have a chance to live well here in Bugesera and in the entire country,” he said, adding, “We have the chance and we have to use it to achieve many other things we still want to achieve.”

In Bugesera’s Mayange Sector, Kagame was warmly welcomed by supporters who included PL political party president, Donatille Mukabalisa, who is also the current Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament.

She commended the RPF candidate for having stopped the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Herself, a genocide survivor from Bugesera, Mukabalisa said that her party’s support to Kagame in the on-going campaign is a chance to join efforts to build a better Rwanda for all citizens.

“The partnership of political parties is for us a chance to continue working together to build the country we want,” she said.

The Liberal Party and seven other political parties supported the RPF candidate in the on-going campaign, a move that Kagame has welcomed himself and described as an opportunity to combine forces and move together and faster to develop the country.

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