GITEGA January 28th (ABP) – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will continue its activities in the provinces of Cibitoke, Bubanza, Ngozi, Ruyigi, Kayanza, Cankuzo, Rutana and in some communes of Gitega and Karusi. She will carry out investigations there on the mass graves of the victims of the massacres of 1972 and 1973 with a view to subsequently exhuming and preserving the remains.
The TRC chairman, Mr. Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, made this announcement during a meeting he organized for the partners of that commission, on January 26, 2022, in the premises of Moriah Hôtel de Masanganzira, in the urban center of Gitega, in the commune and province of Gitega (central Burundi).
To properly accomplish the missions entrusted to him, Mr. Ndayicariye requested frank collaboration with all the participants in the meeting, while particularizing the territorial administrators of the aforementioned provinces.
In addition, participants gave contributions on how forgiveness and reconciliation, reparation for victims and restitution of property could take place. They expressed opinions and considerations on the date of commemoration of the genocide of the Hutu, killed during the aforementioned years, but the consensus was not reached. Some have proposed that it take place on April 29th. As for others, they expressed the wish to wait for the commission to complete its investigations on all the years during which Burundi sank into killings and to subsequently decide on a single date of commemoration.
That meeting saw the participation of representatives of provincial governors, leaders of the various national commissions, representatives of the security forces, those of civil society organizations, religious denominations and the media.