Rwandan Hutu refugee, Kurubusangw Gaspard, 64, from Butare, pictured in a refugee transit centre in Bujumbura, Burundi.
I began driving for the prime minister Agata [Uwilingiyimana] in 1993. Driving for the Prime Minister was a good job, I would drive her to her home and to RPF [Rwandan Patriotic Front] meetings. She was a very social women, she was very good, she was always searching for solutions. When the President was killed the soldiers from the President came to kill her, she was not on the side of the President, she had the Prime Minister's job because of the Arusha agreement. I was sad when I heard she was killed, there was nothing but sadness at that time, also I was worried I would be targeted because I had worked for her.
When it started [the genocide] and when it was announced on the radio that the President was assassinated and then the killings were announced, at that time it was forbidden to go out of the houses. They did this so that they could find Tutsis in their homes, they knew where they lived. I didn't leave the house, I was staying with relatives and sometimes they would go out to get food, but not far, some shops nearby were owned by the Interahamwe [Hutu militia] and were open. As soon as I could I went back to my home in Butare. On the road there were many checkpoints, they were looking for Tutsi people. In Butare I stayed with my family for May and June, but then the RPF had come and were shooting at people. I left for Gikongoro with my family around 3rd or 4th of July because it was an area protected by the French soldiers, I spent one month in Gikongoro and went back to Butare, that's when I was arrested.
The RPF came to tell us no Hutu should fear going back home, those who have nothing to be accused of have no fear to going back home, then a UN car came to say the same things. When I was working with the Prime Minister she was at the forefront of helping find a solution with the RPF and also I had nothing to do with the genocide s