The genocide against the Tutsi was characterized by supernatural cruelty considering the manner in which the Tutsi were killed, humiliated and dehumanized, considering how Tutsi were killed in hospitals, churches and many other places where they had taken refuge. The massacres went beyond words especially when orphans got killed by their caregivers at the SOS center disregarding the basic principles of the SOS founders.
The above mentioned gang planned how the Genocide was going to be carried out in Gikongoro Prefecture, and NYOMBAYIRE joined the group around 1992.
Killing of Tutsi orphans at SOS Center in Gikongoro
Most staff of SOS Gikongoro were Hutu and some few Tutsi were in the lower positions. On the night of May 7 to 8, 1994, NYOMBAYIRE Venuste brought Interahamwe attack in SOS and killed children in collaboration with KABARERE Venantie who was their teacher and has been convicted of genocide crime by Gacaca courts serving her sentence in Nyamagabe Prison. Venuste NYOMBAYIRE opened the room in which children were gathered and they immediately killed them. About ten (10) children were killed.
There were also around eight (8) children from Kigali, SOS Kacyiru, who were said to have fled the fighting and brought to Gikongoro SOS, six (6) of them were selected as Tutsi and were killed. These children had been selected by NYOMBAYIRE and were put in a separate classroom around May 6, 1994, and apparently he knew the plot to kill them in due time.
On the evening of May 7, 1994, NYOMBAYIRE selected a 12-year-old girl among the orphans and handed her over to interahamwe called RUZINDANA to thank him for killing the children and gave him the right to rape her all night, and kill her the next day and that's what happened.
According to testimony from KABARERE Venantie, who was involved in the killing of those children, Ernestine, Hélène and Janson are some of the names of the victims she could remember.
Assassination of Tutsi SOS staff
That night, after the killers had finished killing children, they also killed SOS Tutsi staff who were on duty. That night, a security guard called NYIRIMIRERA was killed, they also attacked his home and killed his wife and four children. Further, they killed a gardener called NTAGANDA Peter. The attackers included NDIRAMIYE Boniface, MBIGIZEMBISHAKA Jean, KANYAMANZA Damascène, Athanase, Marc and others.
Children and Tutsi staff killed by Interahamwe attack brought by Venuste NYOMBAYIRE consisted of: MUNYANGOGA who was a security guard at ELECTROGAZ Gikongoro, NSENGUMUREMYI Alphonse who also worked in ELECTROGAZ and one of Interahamwe leaders in Gikongoro, KANYAMANZA Jean Damascene, HABARUREMA Fidèle, KAKIRA Ildephonse and HABINEZA alias MAPENDU. There were also RUSATSI Juvénal, Anastase alias RUHABANA, GASANA, son of NYAMWASA, NYAMUHENE Vianney, GASIMBA François son of NYARUGWE, NDAYISABA alias KINONKO, NAHAYO Elisée, RUBERAMANZI Innocent, UTAZIRUBANDA Emmanuel, BISHOKANKINDI, MUSABYIMANA alias BISABO, HASHAKIMANA, MUNGWARAREBA.
Those militia interahamwe were brought from Gatyazo Business Center by NYOMBAYIRE and they were led by MUNYANGOGA Félicien.
The genocide against the Tutsi had a significant particularity which is observed through the actions of killing children, youth and women. The supernatural acts perpetrated against children were evidence to the Genocide's plan to exterminate Tutsi.
Done at Kigali on May 8, 2020
Dr BIZIMANA Jean Damascène
National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG)