Confession: How Habyarimana Planned, Executed 1994 Genocide


side effects sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Little did any one predict that this would be the trigger to the 100 visit sans-serif; color: #222222;”>day holocaust that claimed more than 800, 000 lives of innocent civilians both Hutus and Tutsis.

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Twenty years later, many Rwandese have fresh memories and scars that would never get away from their hearts of all the cruelty of the brothers and sisters turning against each other.

Among those with wounds of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide that would never heal was the former chairman of National Chamber of Commerce in Habyarimana’s government who stresses that the genocide didn’t start in the 90s but way back.

“It started long time ago during President Gregory Kayibanda’s reign and in fact, he (Kayibanda) always said that they would kill the Tutsis. People forgot how they looked like,” explained Eng Mohammed Majyambere who once served as chairman of National Chamber of Commerce in Habyarimana’s regime.

The now Consulate General of the Djiboutian Embassy in Uganda added that by this time (1959-61), Habyarimana was the Minister of Defence and Chief of Staff in Kayibanda’s government and was therefore, influential in preparing the Hutus for the genocide who by then had no ideology of a genocide but developed slowly through leaders like Habyarimana.

“In 1973, Habyarimana toppled Kayibanda’s government and imprisoned him with his family members in Ruhengeri prison. The former President, his family members and 52 ministers in his government from Gitarama were later made to drink paint which killed them.”

Habyarimana assumes power and starts preparations for genocide

Majyambere explains that as soon as Habyarimana assumed the highest office in Rwanda, he began segregating Tutsis and Hutus in line of their tribes by favouring the Hutus.

“They couldn’t allow Tutsi pupils to study further than primary level. They were not even allowed to marry Hutus even requesting for help by a Tutsi from a Hutu. One had to pay some money to Hutus so as to allow start on your village,” he lamented.

“Government bought millions of pangas and distributed them to the Hutus in preparation for the genocide. They dug mass graves where they were preparing to burry all the bodies of the Tutsis. There was one politician called Felician Kabuga who had a radio called Des Milles Collines which called upon Hutus to murder all the Tutsis. Presenters on the radio would report all those hiding and would therefore, be subjected to killing by Hutus.”

“’Some are hiding in the other valley while others are behind those trees. Go and finish the job, bravo’, were some of the statements frequently heard on the radio as presenters urged Hutus to go for Tutsis,” he added.

He noted that with the invasion of the Rwanda by RPF Habyarimana expedited persecution of the Tutsis burning the grass thatched houses, cutting their animals, coffee and banana plantations, among other property belonging to Tutsis.

Escape to Uganda

Majyambere explains that in 1990, he escaped to Uganda after his relationship with his boss and President Juvenale Habyarimana went sour.

Habyarimana wanted to kill him for condemning plans to exterminate the Tutsis.

“I always blamed him for the killings and misdeeds against Tutsis until 1990 when I fled Rwanda to Uganda after the rift between the two of us had widened. I could not sleep at my home for almost two years.

Unfortunately, I was not able to come with my family members who were then wiped out by Habyarimana after learning of my escape,” explained Majyambere whose voice had changed and tears began to dart in his eyes.

Chimp Corp, Kenneth Kazibwe says that, “All along, I had been strong but when the man in his late fifties revealed to me this secret, I felt tears running down my cheeks though I didn’t show this to him”.

“Deep in my heart, I felt sorry for him when he told me that he doesn’t have any family member right now after all being killed in the genocide.

Applauding Kagame, Museveni

Majyambere thanked President Paul Kagame and the RPF for what he called being “a uniting factor to all people of Rwanda and also helping to end the genocide”.

“The RPF helped to calm the situation as the genocide was also brought to an end. Kagame united all Rwandese irrespective of their clans but rather urging them to work and develop their country as Rwandese and not Twas, Hutus or Tutsis,” he went on.

The Djiboutian Consular General to Uganda further applauded Uganda’s leader Yoweri Museveni for allowing Rwandese who had sought asylum in his country to stay for as long as possible.

Blaming west

Majyambere, however, lashed out the West for not intervening in Rwanda as President Habyarimana persecuted the Tutsis but rather turned a blind eye as the killings raged on.

“The Belgians did nothing while many Tutsis were being killed. Why do they now want to intervene in African issues yet they didn’t come up when we needed them most? They only make matters worse by involving in African issues they know nothing about,” he pointed out.

He also lashed at Americans for threatening Uganda after signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law noting that African values have to be respected by everyone.

“I thank President Museveni for standing firm against homosexuality and the West and I hope Uganda is going to become an example to the rest of the world for what they have done.”


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