IBUKA condemn ITV interview
The survivors of the 1994 Rwanda genocide under their umbrella association â€œIBUKAâ€ have strongly condemned the British commercial television network, ITV for giving airplay to genocide convict Jean Kambanda.
The genocide perpetratorâ€™s exclusive interview with ITV reporter was aired on Tuesday on ITV where he uses the opportunity to deny his participation in genocide.
The former prime minister of the genocidal government is currently serving a life sentence in Mali.
Kambanda was in 1998 convicted on all the six charges he was facing, all connected to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
â€œThis is very shocking and frustrating. This is a mockery to genocide victims and the survivors. We strongly denounce ITVâ€™s actions and we need an explanation on this,â€ Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, the president of IBUKA told reporters in a press conference.
He said Kambanda who confessed to have participated in the execution of genocide 21 years ago, has used the TV channel to cleanse his name and also counteract the very genocide.
â€œITV is a commercial channel and this is not surprising, because someone might have paid for this interview to run. However we shall never relent our efforts towards telling the truth about 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. This is a war we have to fight with genocide deniers across the world,â€ Dusingizemungu angrily stated.
In an ITV interview, Kambanda, who exhausted all legal procedures after the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) upheld his life sentence, said he was tricked into entering a guilty plea during his trial and he was denied a lawyer of his choice.
According to Johnston Busingye, Rwanda minister of Justice, country will soon get in touch with ICTR to find out if it is within the rights of a genocide convict to get airplay on a public television which he uses to cleanse his name and also negate genocide.
â€œThis is extremely shocking and undermining the countryâ€™s tragic history. The infamous Kambanda is a genocide convict who was at the heart of the genocide and he is known globally for that. We will never be brought down by this. We shall always fight against genocide deniers,â€ he said.
Rwanda has frequently requested to have the convicts of the ICTR complete their sentences on Rwandan soil, but the tribunal instead chose to transfer most of them to Mali and Benin.