On Wednesday 7th November 2018, two of the elderly survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi whose spouses and offspring were all decimated dubbed “Intwaza” were laid to rest in Mayange cemetery. They had been residing in a hostel dubbed “Impinganzima” in Nyamata Sector, Bugesera District which was constructed to accommodate them.
Evariste Musonera was 72 while Genereuse Mukandeze was 76. They all died on Monday 5th November of diseases. Musonera died from Nyamata hospital from where he had been admitted due to tuberculosis while Mukandeze died from Kanombe Military Hospital where she had been admitted due to lungs cancer.
Their funeral ceremony was attended by leaders from different institutions including the Eastern Province, Bugesera District, the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), The Fund for Neediest Survivors of Genocide in Rwanda (FARG), security organs ,Unity Club Intwararumuri, AVEGA-Agahozo, Humura Nturi wenyinyi, Dukundane Family, Peace and Love Proclaimers (PLP), AERG, GAERG and IBUKA among others.
Impinganzima hostels were constructed by the government of Rwanda, through FARG in partnership with Unity Club-Intwararumuri. It was in a bid to accommodate elderly genocide survivors whose spouses and offspring were all decimated during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in order to care for them in their ageing.
So far, Impinganzima hostels have been established in Bugesera, Huye, Nyanza, Rulindo, Kamonyi and Kayonza Districts.
Fred Mufulukye, governor of the Eastern Province who was the main guest of this funeral ceremony, recalled like those who spoke at the ceremony that even though the two died, it was necessary to be grateful with the fact that they did not die alone.
The daily management of the Impinganzima hostels is assumed by AVEGA-Agahozo with FARG funding.