Ukuri Kuganze Association

The Ukuri Kuganze Association works to establish the truth around events during the genocide and help build a conducive environment for reconciliation.

The Ukuri Kuganze Association ('let truth prevail') was created in August 2003 by Didas Kayinamura, a confessed genocide perpetrator and former prisoner released through Presidential Decree. Sensing the necessity to reduce enmity among people of various backgrounds in the post-genocide context in Rwanda, Kayinamura formed the association to bring together people from different groups, including genocide survivors, confessed genocide perpetrators who admitted to speak truth about what happened, repatriates (1959 refugees who came back after the genocide) and people whose family members are currently in prison because of genocide-related crimes. Since its creation, the association has made efforts to restore trust, bring people together and speak truthfully to one another, and helped to find common ground for a reconciled society.

The association's mission it to serve as a witness, speaking the truth about what happened during the genocide and creating a conducive environment for forgiveness and reconciliation in Rwanda.

The objectives of Ukuri Kuganze are the following:

  • To contribute to the unification and reconciliation process in Rwanda.
  • To fight against genocide and its ideology, to help all members of the Rwandan society to transcend divisions.
  • To work towards development and good governance.
  • To help build respect trust, honesty and mutual support.
Achievements: the Ukuri Kuganze Association organises gatherings for its members and conducts community outreach activities and public talks with community members, especially prisoners. The work provided by the association has been extended from Kicukiro to other four districts (Nyarugenge, Bugesera, Kayonza and Gakenke).

Among other accomplishments, the Ukuri Kuganze Association has:

  • Contributed to the Gacaca Courts by sensitising criminals to confess their crimes and encouraging victims to forgive: the association has encouraged members who admitted perpetrating genocide crimes to approach and apologise to each and every person affected, disclosing the truth about how and where they killed their family members.
  • Built 42 houses for its members (with support from the European Union and the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission). In addition, the association raised money to assist socially and economically a genocide orphan in the Niboye Sector.
  • Mobilised members to speak truth about what happened during the genocide. Through the efforts and testimonies given by Ukuri kuganze's members, mass graves containing the bodies of genocide victims were tracked: by 2005, 816 bodies in the Gahanga Sector and two bodies in the Kagarama Sector - both located in Kicukiro District - were found.
The Association has developed partnerships with different institutions including: the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission; the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG); African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM); World Vision Rwanda and District Authorities (where the association operates). At a national level, the Ukuri Kuganze Association has currently reached over 1,000 beneficiaries.


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