Rwanda National Police (RNP) has reassured the general public of safety and security during the 27th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
This Wednesday, April 7, Rwandans and friends of Rwanda across the globe will come together to pay tribute to more than one million innocent lives massacred in just one hundred days, 27 years ago.
RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera called upon the population to “stand together against any form of action aimed at genocide ideology, negating and denial of the Genocide.”
“This is a fragile period when people are paying tribute to their loved ones they lost during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. It is time when we support and comfort the survivors.
We urge residents of Rwanda to desist and report any form of genocide ideology, threats, negation and denial, mocking genocide survivors and all acts aimed at influencing hatred and divisionism,” said CP Kabera.
Such criminal actions punishable by law can be reported on the RNP emergency toll-free line 112, WhatsApp line 0788311155 and all known Police contacts in districts as well as other RNP social media platforms.
“These are trying moments of remembering and paying tribute to loved ones, but it has again coincided with the the period when the country is still fighting Coronavirus pandemic, which requires maximum compliance with the safety guidelines,” CP Kabera said.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, commemoration activities will be followed on television, radio stations and other social platforms, from homes to prevent the spread of the virus.
“As communicated by the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), people will follow the commemoration events from their homes, visiting the Genocide memorial sites will be done in line with Covid-19 preventive measures with not more than 20 mourners. Let us remember as we also protect ourselves from getting infected with the Coronavirus, and for everyone to be safe.
Let us remember, unite an renew as we comply with the directives to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.”