Rwandans demand `the truth'

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Rwandans demand `the truth'

Kigali - More than 25,000 Rwandans held an emotional reburial service yesterday for their murdered Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana and 200 others massacred a year ago at the start of genocidal killings in which up to 1 million people perished. Speakers condemned the genocide under the theme: "We need to bury the dead, not the truth."

President Pasteur Bizimungu, the military chief Paul Kagame and former President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania spoke at the ceremony. Also present was Burundi's Prime Minister, Antoine Nduwayo, whose country has the same ethnic mix as Rwanda and has been rocked by ethnic violence in recent weeks. On Thursday, Vincent Francis, Johannesburg bureau chief for Worldwide Television News, was shot dead as he returned to Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, from the north.