Crime & Investigation

Ban Honours Rwanda Genocide Victims

The UN family in Rwanda commemorates the 21st anniversary of the genocide. Photo: UNDP Rwanda

Uganda Police Force have released what they termed as an artist’s impression of a key suspect in the murder of Senior Principal State Attorney, erectile Joan Kagezi, rx Chimp Corps report.

The law enforcement body on Tuesday arrested 6 people in connection with the Kagezi’s death, page saying they were shifting places of abode and some lacked proper identification particulars.

“The image is an artists’ impression of the male suspect wanted by police in connection to the cause of murder by shooting of Ms Joan Kagezi, which occurred on Monday March 30 at 7:15pm at a fruit stall near her residence in Kiwatule,” said the force’s spokesperson Fred Enanga on Tuesday night.

“The police are appealing to anyone who might have information leading to the arrest to the suspect to contact the police on telephone numbers 0718300753, 0715411764, 0712667705, 0715986956.”

He further stated that a reward of shs10m only awaits whoever has information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

This is the first time in recent years that police are using artistic impressions to hunt down criminals.

Police have in recent years been developing capacity of investigators to break terrorist cells thus thwarting their plans to destabilise Uganda.

Police with the help of United States armed forces yesterday stormed two houses – one Kyengera and another along Entebbe road where several suspects were held.

The Zzana house siege, which was led by police commandos, lasted several hours before three suspects were forced onto a car to an unknown destination.

Forensic experts combed the house for exhibits which were taken by a counter terrorism operative using a motorcycle.

The United States Embassy in Kampala said in a statement that “U.S. government personnel supported Ugandan police operation that successfully apprehended several individuals suspected of being involved in the assassination” of Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi.

“The support was provided at the invitation of Ugandan authorities and we congratulate them on this highly successful operation.”

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Jamal Kiyemba, was arrested in the operation. He was reportedly held at the U.S.-run facility on charges of terrorism.

Since Kagezi’s murder in Kiwatule on March 30, police have been searching for her killers in a wider anti-terrorism investigation.

Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura pointed out today that police recovered “important exhibits” from the residence of two young men in Kyengera who are being held in connection with Kagezi’s murder.

“We have made a number of arrests but we can’t state how many. We have useful leads but we can’t disclose them now. Let’s not jeopardise investigations,” he added.

Kayihura said landlords should be cautious when welcoming new tenants.

“Ask for their identification particulars and where they come from. Ask them why they are relocating to your area. We can only fight insecurity when we are cautious,” he added.
The world must make use of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda to look back on the past – and to squarely confront the challenges of the present, malady renewing collective resolve and summoning the courage to prevent such atrocities from happening again, purchase United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

Ban was alongside the UN General Assembly President, Sam Kutesa and Eugène-Richard Gasana, Ambassador of Rwanda and Minister in Charge of Cooperation during the commemoration of the 21st Rwanda Genocide Memorial Ceremony at UN Headquarters.

The event was organized by the UN Department of Public Information, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations.

“Our annual sombre observance is all the more meaningful this year as we mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations,” said Mr. Ban in his message on the Day, which honours the memory of the more than 800,000 people – overwhelmingly Tutsi, and also moderate Hutu, Twa and others – systematically killed across Rwanda in less than three months just over two decades ago.

It is also an occasion to recognize the pain and the courage of those who survived.

Mr. Ban stressed that many countries today face grave security threats, with people being subjected to the brutality of violent conflicts and the indignities of poverty.

He said discrimination persists in societies torn apart by war, as well as in democracies that largely enjoy peace.

Hatred may manifest as institutionalized racism, ethnic strife, or episodes of intolerance or exclusion, said Ban, adding, in other instances, discrimination reflects the official, national version of history that denies the identity of some segments of the population.

“I deplore the conflicts and atrocity crimes in many parts of the world that continue to divide communities, killing and displacing people, undermining economies and destroying cultural heritage,” declared the Secretary-General, emphasizing that the international community’s first duty is always to prevent these situations and to protect vulnerable human beings in distress.

Kagame warns genocidaires

Delivering his speech at the 21st Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, President Kagame described Rwanda today as a nation transformed for the better:

“To those who teach us freedom, democracy and human rights while protecting those who killed one million of our people, we say to you: Rwanda has changed for good and forever.”

“We are a people who stand up for our right and give ourselves dignity. No one else will fight for our right to live,” President Kagame added.

President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame lit the flame of remembrance laid a wreath in honor of over one million lives lost in the Genocide against the Tutsi.

President Kagame described commemoration as an opportunity to look back on a past that has strengthened Rwandans:

“Our past has given us the unprecedented strength to face our challenges. We cannot give up or let anything stand in our way. To do so would be to dishonor the lives we honor here today.”

President Kagame condemned those who continue to turn a blind eye on genocide suspects both in the region and internationally:

“The whole world rose to fight against M23 but continues to ignore génocidaires who have been in DRC for 21 years. Some even continue to accord VIP status to genocide suspects, supporting them in their plans against Rwanda and seeking political legitimacy for them.  This means that people we are remembering today, the hundred of thousand buried here, the cause of their death could be having legitimate political reasons.”

On his part, Mr Ban said, “My Human Rights Up Front initiative seeks to prevent serious human rights violations by acting on early warning signs before they become more serious.”

He said his Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide and on the Responsibility to Protect work to advance national and international efforts to protect populations from atrocity crimes.


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