Officials from Ministry of health and their partners on Thursday gathered in Kigali to commemorate its staff killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The commemoration took place at the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) headquarters near Amahoro stadium.
The event started with the walk to remember the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi for the 24th time. The march started from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to RBC where the rest of the commemoration activities followed.
The commemoration reiterated Rwanda’s stand against Genocide Ideology and discrimination that ignited the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Officials called on all Rwandans to unite and work towards the development ushered in by the current government headed by President Paul Kagame.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Executive Secretary for the National Council for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG), Dr. Jean Damascene Bizimana said that Genocide Ideology which precipitated the 1994 killings of Tutsi was in fact taught and incited amongst the Rwanda communities for many years dating back from 957.
He gave an example of the interim President Sindikubwabo who championed Genocide Ideology way back as a doctor before he would lead Hutu militias who committed the Genocide. The Genocide also was committed by nurses, ten of them were found guilty of killing Tutsi in Kibuye prefecture.
Hospitals were used to accommodate Tutsi victims that would be starved and then killed by medical workers.
“There are medical workers that were found guilty of committing Genocidal crimes. Doctor Clement Kayishema was convicted for committing Genocide. He was killing people at roadblocks. He was extremist. He used to starve his victims before killing them,” Bizimana said.
Doctors like Hakizimana or Habineza in 1973 used to ill-treat Tutsi patients and later would forge death certificates saying that they had succumbed to natural death.
“Even though the Genocide Ideology was instigated starting in 1957, it became formalized in 1959 and documents were spread everywhere inciting hatred and discrimination of the Tutsi.
During the commemoration, Minister for Health Dr. Diane Gashumba urged the medical staff to be responsible, be trusted and use truth and be professional in their work.
“We thank the President of the Republic, RPF Inkotanyi that ended the Genocide, the achievements of Never Again. But also we are commemorating with regard to our work ethics, accountability, transparency and correctness. We should always know that in our sector, victimization should not be part of our work. Always to reassess our responsibilities to be able to build a country of responsible people,” she said.