Georges Rutaganda

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Georges Rutaganda
Full Name: Georges Anderson Nderubumwe Rutaganda
Origin: Nhabiyu Province, Rwanda-Urundi
Occupation: Vice President of the Interahamwe
Hobby: Killing Tutsis
Raping Tutsi women
Goals: Exterminate all Tutsis in Rwanda (failed)
Crimes: War crimes
Crimes against humanity
Mass murder
Type of Villain: Genocidal War Criminal

Why do I hate the Tutsi? They were collaborators with the Belgian colonists - they whipped us, they enslaved us. Now it's time for the Hutu to take our revenge.
~ Georges Rutaganda on an RTLM broadcast shortly after the beginning of the genocide.

Georges Anderson Nderubumwe Rutaganda (November 27, 1958 - October 11, 2010) was the vice president of the Rwandan Hutu militia Interahamwe.


Rutaganda was a major commander responsible for the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Prosecutor James Stewart stated, "Without Georges Rutaganda, the Rwandan genocide would not have functioned the way it did." He was on radio RTLM (Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines) in Kigali in 1994, encouraging Interahamwe Militia to exterminate all Tutsis. It was alleged that Rutaganda captured, raped, and tortured Tutsi women in the Interahamwe Hideouts in Kigali. Other accounts state that Rutaganda captured Tutsi prostitutes believing them to be witches.

During this time, Rutaganda was reported to supply his militia with stolen supplies from the Rwandan military. Rutaganda was arrested on Oct. 10, 1995, and transferred to Arusha, Tanzania, on May 26, 1996. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and murder.

He died in prison in Benin on October 11, 2010

Rutaganda appears in the film Hotel Rwanda. Although he is portrayed as main villian, Rutaganda is actually the one, not the UN official Oliver, that prevented fighting when the UN convoy were transporting the refugees. In the film he is played by Hakeem Kae-Kazim