|“||As medical doctors, you know which part of the body to touch and a person cannot recover from the injury however much efforts can be deployed. Use and give the citizen that tip so that when they get an enemy (Tutsi) he has no chance to escape them.||„|
|~ Theodore Sindikubwabo|
Theodore Sindikubwabo (1928, Butare, Rwanda - March 1998, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo) was a Rwandan doctor and politician who served as President of his country between April 9, 1994 and June 19 of that year, being one of those responsible for the Rwandan Genocide, during which half a million to one million people died.
He had previously served as President of the National Development Council (currently the Rwandan Parliament), between 1988 and 1994.
He was born in the town of Butare in 1928, south of Rwanda, studied medicine, and was Minister of Health of President Grégoire Kayibanda. After Kayibanda's departure, he practiced his profession at the Kigali Central Hospital. He later returned to politics as a parliamentarian. When President Juvénal Habyarimana was assassinated, he was appointed interim president by the president of the Crisis Committee controlled by Théoneste Bagosora, becoming head of state during the genocide, though much like Prime Minister Jean Kambanda, he was simply acting as a figurehead while the Crisis Committee held the real power.
On 19 April 1994, he made a now-infamous speech at the ceremony appointing a new Préfet (Governor) of Butare that was broadcast on Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (the Hutu Power radio station established by the Akazu) in which he insulted those who were not "working", a euphemism for killing Tutsis, and told them to "get out of the way and let us work". On 29 April, he returned to Butare and told the populace that he was there to supervise the killing of Tutsi. On 18 May, whilst on a visit to Kibuye Prefecture, he congratulated the people on how well they had done their "work".
Following the invasion of the Rwandan Patriotic Front that took control of the country and ended the genocide, Sindikubwabo fled to Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), where he lived in exile in Bukavu. He was interviewed there for the book We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families and quoted as saying: "The moment has not yet come to say who is guilty and who is not guilty." He was initially reported to have been killed in the Rwandan government attack on Bukavu in November 1996 at the beginning of the First Congo War, but subsequent reports put him in Kinshasa. He died in exile in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in March 1998 and was never charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.