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Kagame: We’ll Find All Genocide Perpetrators

Kagame at Genocide Memorial - 2013

Kagame pays his respects to Rwanda National Heroes who stopped the genocide in 1994

President Paul Kagame has said Rwanda will not rest until all the perpetrators of the 1994 genocide are brought book.

“We shall be relentless in pursuing perpetrators of genocide and ensure they are brought to justice,” says Kagame.

“Wherever they will be; government will employ all tools at its disposal.”

He blasts countries that still harbor genocide suspects but persistently refuse to bring them to justice

In his message to the nation, Kagame highlights the resilience of Rwandans in finding solutions to our own problems.

“I would like to thank all Rwandans for your solidarity and participation in rebuilding the nation in the last 19 years,” he observes.

“Genocide against Tutsis reminds us how bad leadership and low education rate can be destroying for a country. There is need for strength to achieve self reliance as this year’s remembrance objective states.

These efforts are necessary in our journey to continue building the lives and unity of Rwandans

Remembering Rwanda’s darkest history is very important for every Rwandan and for the whole nation.

The masterminds of genocide must also confess to their horrible crime and ask for forgiveness from all Rwandans.

Genocide survivors need reassurance to give them the courage and confidence to carry on.

And as Rwanda remembers, we seek strength from within to work for the bright future Rwandans deserve and bringing about unity and reconciliation which had been destroyed by bad leadership, itself the source of genocide

All that has been achieved has resulted from seeking solutions within ourselves, our culture, not from copying.

Rwandans must work together and face the challenges before us, whatever they may be, and not wait for others to solve them.

12:00pm: Rwanda has Sunday (April 7) started the official commemoration week to remember the 1994 dark days in which over one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered at the hands of genocidal regime of Juvenal Habyarimana.

This year’s Genocide Commemoration week is being marked at the Village (Umudugudu) level to further bring about more participation of the community in their localities.

Commemoration events will be held at the nearest memorial site in every sector (Umurenge).

As it’s a Rwandan-tradition, the official Genocide Commemoration week starts on April 7th to 13th.

President Paul Kagame will today lay a wreath at Kigali Memorial Centre mass graves, to pay tribute to more than one million Rwandans who perished during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Shortly after, Kagame will address the nation.

Fidele Ndayisaba, the Mayor of the City of Kigali, has since asked churches to conduct early morning masses to allow people attend the commemoration event.

The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Let Us Commemorate the Genocide Against the Tutsi as we Strive For Self Reliance.”

There will also be public lectures and town hall meetings every afternoon during the week-long event.

As Rwandans remember their loved ones and the national flag fly at half-mast, the business community, especially entertainment spots are required to observe the commemoration tradition, by postponing their businesses until the end of the memorial.

The 19th Genocide commemoration is being held with a new commemoration colour – gray – which replaces purple, that has been used for the past 18 years.

The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana says Rwandan Youths will play a key role during the 19th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

“Youths will be participating in different planned activities like Walk to Remember; will be near vulnerable Genocide survivors by helping them and to clean different Genocide memorials across the country.”

Source: Chimpreports.com

April 10, 2013   No Comments