Be the person not biological substance- Auditor General tells colleagues
Obadiah Biraro, the Auditor General for State of finances has called his colleagues from Rwanda Revenue Authority, National electoral commission and the Office of Auditor general to remember at the same time strive to be worthy persons not “biological substance.” This was said during the 25th commemoration of the genocide against the Tutsis in 1994, in the dialogue organized by the above mentioned institutions on 8 April 2019, at Kimihurura. Biraro reminded the history of the administration that championed and feed the ideology of division, hatred and the genocide, from 1959 until its climax in 1994 when over one million perished because simply they were labeled as Tutsi. The Auditor General informed that Mutara III Rudahigwa was not finding himself as a Tutsi, Hutu or Twa or look at his people in this lens but was simply taking his citizens as Rwandans when he introduced a scholarship program in 1956. Regrettably, the regime that followed, the political parties that were formed thereafter based on ethnicities and discrimination, which also led the leaders to undermine a part of its people. Prof. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, the president of Ibuka the umbrella organization of survivors of the genocide against Tutsi narrated the discrimination undergone, rights to education him and other Tutsi were deprived by the government, instilling hatred among its own people for many years. While his generation suffered seriously due to wooly governance, the present government has restored the dignity of long hunted group but mostly consolidating all Rwandans under the same name that must be kept sacred; “Ndi Umunyarwanda.” According to Prof. Dusingizemungu, it wasn’t easy for survivors to forgive and live with people who were seen as perpetrators, but they managed to o overcome that anger and wounds, living peacefully, working professionally for the interest of all. He also mentioned that people should not put all (Hutu) into the category of the devil, saying some must be remembered as ‘just’ citing some friends of him who helped him in his hard times at university.