KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
Rwandan officials said Tuesday FDLR rebels’
continuous spread of the genocide ideology undermines national
peace and security despite the rebels’ weak military might at
The FDLR is not a military
threat to Rwanda in term of military might and capacity, Defense
Minister James Kabarebe said before a parliamentary standing
committee to brief lawmakers on state of national security and
“But the assessment we have
made is that their tactic of disseminating genocide ideology
among Rwandans could be a major security threat, not only to
Rwanda but to the entire region,” Kabarebe said.
The FDLR, he added, has
mastered the art of spreading genocide ideology, a practice some
of their top leaders have done since 1950s.
He noted that the failure of
the FDLR to launch a conventional military action, has rather
made them resort to terrorism acts as well as spreading genocide
ideology, which does not need powerful armory and many troops.
Their tactics or terrorism, he
said, requires a few mutineers to perform such insurgencies,
this reflects two things—military weaknesses while showing their
Since December 2009 to January
2014, spate of terror attacks blamed on FDLR and their terrorism
partners—Rwanda National Congress (RNC) -- amounted to about 36
grenade explosions reported in Rwanda, Kabarebe said.
The insurgencies claimed 21
people and injured 460.
The minister said the terror
tactic could be an idea owned by RNC, using FDLR to execute the
Kabarebe blamed the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DR Congo) for failing to guarantee peace and
security to Rwanda and harboring the FDLR for the past 20 years.
The Jan. 2 deadline given to
the FDLR by the International Conference on the Great Lakes
Region (ICGLR), the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
and the United Nations Security Council to voluntarily disarm or
face military action was ignored.
The minister expressed
frustration that a month after the deadline passed nothing has
been done to disarm them.
Kabarebe, however, pointed out
that despite terrorism and other security threats in the region,
posed by FDLR in Rwanda and Al- Shabab in Kenya, Rwanda enjoys
unprecedented level of peace and security.
Congolese President Joseph
Kabila has been under much international pressure to approve
plans for a joint military action by the government army (FARDC)
and the UN’s Force Intervention Brigade, which has an offensive
mandate from the UN Security Council.
FARDC announced late January a
fresh offensive against the Rwandan rebels after weeks of heavy
international pressure to act. But the announcement was seen as
propaganda in Rwanda.
FDLR elements are blamed for
taking part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, when more than a
million people were killed, mainly from the Tutsi minority.
Rwanda to focus on
countering genocide ideology at commemoration
KIGALI, (Xinhua) -- Activities to mark
the 21st commemoration of the genocide against Tutsi
in Rwanda will focus on engaging the international community on
ways to counter pockets of genocide denial and revisionism, the
National Commission for the Fight Against the Genocide (CNLG)
Jean de Dieu Mucyo, the
commission’s executive secretary, said this while appearing
before the Senatorial standing committee on political affairs
and good governance.
He said the commission would
mostly use Rwandans in Diaspora to drive the campaign.
“We intend to put more
efforts in engaging communities outside Rwanda, now that there
have been isolated cases of genocide denial and revisionism,”
Genocide ideology, which is
criminal in Rwanda, manifests itself in attempts to deny or
minimize the scale and severity of genocide.
Mucyo said plans are also
underway to erect more monuments in memory of the genocide
against of the Tutsi in different countries.
Genocide memorials have been
erected in different countries such as Uganda with three
memorial sites and France, where it was inaugurated last year.
Mucyo said other mass graves
were discovered in Tanzania where a befitting burial will be
planned and information indicates that there are other victims
whose remains were buried in Burundi after being washed there by
“Walls of remembrance are
being built around the world and this facilitates people to
visit and commemorate the genocide while understanding the
true history behind.. despite the long journey we have taken a
big step so far,” he added.
This year’s commemoration that
falls on April 7 will be marked at the village level as
commemoration at the national level is held after every five
Senator Chrysologue Karangwa
meanwhile urged CNLG officials to expedite the construction and
rehabilitation of memorial sites in the country to ensure that
majority are finished before commemoration period.
The genocide in Rwanda claimed
lives of more than 1 million people.