Lack of Critical Thinking among Political Leaders led to the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi

The Third Day of Commemoration Week of Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 at the University of Rwanda- Gikondo Campus involved the public discussion facilitated by Mr. Charles Kayitana who revealed how bad leadership led to the Genocide against Tutsi.

Mr. Charles Kayitana during the Public Discussion

Kayitana emphasized that Rwandan political leaders of the pre-genocide period had absorbed the genocide ideology from colonizers and this made even some of them to kill their own wives who were from different social group. He highlighted that lack of critical thinking to oppose ideas of colonizers divided Rwandans and led to the hatred which resulted to the Genocide against Tutsi in 1994.

“Some leaders were married Tutsi and after interpreting the idea of colonizers they killed their wives as well as their own children.” Kayitana says. He furthers explained that leaders started to create divisionism among Rwandans through Tutsi and Hutu ideology.  He proved that it was a strong propaganda in which both political parties and churches played a significant and active roles to fulfil the idea of colonizers.

In his discussion, he also gave evidences on how the Catholic Church is among key players of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

The discussion was also attended by high officials of the University of Rwanda including DVC in Charge of Strategic Planning and Administration, Dr. Papias  Musafiri Malimba accompanied by Dr. Faustin Gasheja, Resident Principal of UR-Gikondo Campus.

Similar discussions on the opening day of the commemoration week at UR Gikondo Campus were held and facilitated by Dr. Raphael Nkaka while the second day was reserved to commemoration activities by religious associations.

Flowers were laid at the Monument in Honor of the Victims of the Genocide against Tutsi

Story by Mr. Athanase Munyarugendo

Student in School of Journalism and Communication