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Final mourning ceremonies for 24 victims of the Ruhagarika massacres


Sep 26, 2023

CIBITOKE September 25th (ABP) – The Prime Minister, Gervais Ndirakobuca joined, Friday September 22, the 14 families of the victims of the massacres of 24 people, the night of May 11 to 12, 2018, in the definitive mourning ceremonies.

In his speech, Mr. Ndirakobuca condemned that barbarity, indicating that the perpetrators of those massacres only wanted to disrupt security, to prevent the smooth running of the referendum which was on the horizon.

He took that opportunity to thank the inhabitants of Ruhagarika, for their behavior of solidarity and unity which characterized them during the painful moments, while the perpetrators of these massacres wanted to sow hatred and distrust between the inhabitants of that village near the Burundian-Congolese border.

                                                                        The Prime Minister laid a wreath of flowers

For the Prime Minister, that despicable act did not demoralize the Burundians and the government, but made them strong to safeguard peace and security, and therefore succeed in the referendum. He called on all Burundians living in the country or abroad to love their nation. To achieve that, he called on all citizens to remain vigilant against disruptors of peace and security, and not to listen to those who demonize their country. On the eve of the 2025 elections, the Prime Minister urged Burundians not to listen to people who say anything, conveying hatred, terror and divisions between Burundians.

For that event, the Prime Minister provided aid consisting of food and non-food items for the benefit of the 14 families of the victims of the Ruhagarika massacres.

As for the representative of those families, he welcomed the support of the government and the natives, after the ordeal. He took advantage of that opportunity to submit the grievances of those families who lost theirs. That includes communicating to them the results of the investigations into these massacres, the care of orphans and widowers following this barbarity, the support of these families in their development projects so that they once again become autonomous, the strengthening the security of their hill as the elections approach, the lighting of the entire village for security reasons, the provision of that village with a health center.