A local government leader in Rwanda has been detained over allegations of genocide ideology, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau said Saturday.

Clarisse Mukansanga, vice mayor in charge of social affairs of Nyabihu District, western Rwanda, resigned from her post on Friday, citing personal reasons.

She was arrested on the same day and faces charges of genocide ideology and related crimes, the spokesman of the bureau Modeste Mbabazi told local media.

Mukansanga’s resignation followed days of protest by 1994 Rwandan genocide survivors in the district over concerns that Mukansanga trivialized genocide as she rejected holding a memorial candle during a commemorative event in the district on April 12, according to local media.

According to Rwandan laws, genocide ideology can be manifested by conduct, verbal utterances and documents with intention of exterminating, or inciting others to exterminate people based on their ethnic group, origin, nationality and region and is considered a crime. Creating confusion aimed at denying the 1994 Rwandan genocide, altering evidence of the past genocide and other behaviors can also be considered a crime.

Over one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed during the 1994 genocide. Enditem


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