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President Paul Kagame greets excited locals in Ngoma District on 1st leg of his 3-day tour of the Eastern Province.

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Kagame UPs HeForShe Commitment to 500,000 Champions

Posted on 29 April 2016 by peter

President Paul Kagame greets excited locals in Ngoma District on 1st leg of his 3-day tour of the Eastern Province.

President Paul Kagame greets excited locals in Ngoma District on 1st leg of his 3-day tour of the Eastern Province.

From 100,000 commitment to raise that number of Rwandans backing the global HeForShe campaign, Rwanda made a new move this Thursday to have five times more champions.

President Paul Kagame today called on every Rwandan man to be part of the campaign.

We should have at least 500,000 champions, said Kagame while addressing 1000s of locals in Ngoma District on Day one of two-day eastern province tour.

“I was among the first men to sign up for the campaign. I encourage all men, starting from today, to sign and support women empowerment,” added Kagame.

In September last year, Government launched “HeForShe” initiative – a solidarity campaign for gender equality unveiled by UN Women. What people have to do is log on to www.heforshe.org and sign up using their identifiable name and email.

Today Kagame said: “I know some have signed up but the process is at a slow pace…”

The campaign intends to engage men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights, by encouraging them to take action against inequalities faced by women and girls.

The Kagame trip also coincided with the International Girls in ICT Day – an opportunity for girls and young women to get an insight into ICT sector, to consider ICT careers through open days at ICT institutions, meeting women role models, and getting “hands on” experience in technology.

To promote women among other citizens in ICT requires huge infrastructure, like Fibre Optic where Rwanda has invested $130 million to roll out a fiber optic cable on 3000km across the country.

The massive investment is intended to ensure rural schools get access to broadband connectivity. However, Ngoma district, especially Mugesera sector, the president’s meeting venue is still lagging behind because the cable is yet to reach there.

“I am going to follow up on why Fibre Optic Cable did not reach you. You should be hearing about it in just stories,” Kagame said amidst cheering from the crowd.

Rwanda is already at the crossroads in investing in ICT in education. Currently, 244,793 laptops have been distributed in 722 schools nationwide. Three million pupils in Rwandan primary schools are set to benefit this new technology which was dubbed ‘One laptop per child’ programme.

In the past few years, ICT has been the driving engine for transformation of the education sector, and allocated with 20% of the national budget, approximately $494 million of $2.47 billion.

Meanwhile, President Kagame challenged Ngoma District residents to support government in fighting poverty.

“To defeat poverty, we must work together to develop ourselves and begin by building on the resources we have.”

Kagame’s reaction came after Ngoma District Mayor, Nambaje Aphrodis, said that the district has been ranked among the poor in the country.

A recent Integrated Household Living Conditions Survey indicates that Ngoma District is the 9th poorest among the 30 district, with 19.5% of its 380,000 population below poverty line, while 46% of them remain relatively poor.

The district mayor told KT Press that most of the challenges attributed to growing poverty levels include, among others, lack of funds to establish Irrigation schemes in response to drought.

“In collaboration with Agriculture Ministry, we set aside 1200 hectares of land for irrigation but this requires Rwf40 billion which the district cannot fund,” Nambaje said.

The district’s economy largely depends on farming and commercial activities, with an annual revenue turnover of Rwf802million. Kagame pledged a tarmac road from Ngoma district to Karongi district in Western Province as part of supporting trade and other activities.

The President’s Citizen Outreach programme will proceeds to Nyagatare district tomorrow.

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Change of color in April 2016

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Why Is Lake Kivu Changing Colours?

Posted on 26 April 2016 by peter

Lake Kivu

Lake Kivu

In the past few weeks, Lake Kivu suddenly began changing colours. Residents on the shores have been taking selfies and sharing on social media.

Photos of the colour changing lake attracted several comments on social media and there was no sign that the lake waters would return to normality.

This caused panic. However, scientists have since laboured to explain why the lake water has been switching colours from blue to green and to pale white.

August Marie Christine Umutoni, the head of the Lake Kivu Monitoring Program (LKMP) told KT Press that people should not be worried. It is referred to as ‘lake whitening’, she said.

Umutoni said lake whitening is caused by weather changes. She said a similar occurrence in lake Kivu was reported in 2005 and 2013.

However, residents have mixed feelings about this rare phenomenon. They are worried considering this lake seats on massive deposits of methane gas which always spills negligible levels into the lake.

People around the lake are spreading several myths and fairy tales which continue to create a sense of fear.

But LKMP has been monitoring regularly the stability of the lake and the integrity of its ecosystem and the program’s experts have carried out investigations and analyses to understand and explain this phenomenon.

Reviews of some literature on the lake and consultation with external experts have also been done.

It has been concluded that the change of color of Lake Kivu is a natural, safe and reversible phenomenon called WHITENING. It happens in many lakes and it has happened on Lake Kivu before.

What is Lake Whitening?

Whitening occurs in many lakes in the world. It for example happened last year on Lake Geneva in Switzerland; it appears sometimes in Lake Ontario in Canada.

Normal color of Lake Kivu

Normal color of Lake Kivu

Change of color in April 2016

Change of color in April 2016

Lake whitening appears in hard lakes rich in carbonates, when water temperature and pH are high.

It occurs in Lake Kivu when the stratification of the surface waters is shallow. The current whitening of the lake actually started in March 2016.

When it started, the colour was grey and the water of the lake appeared milky. Now the lake looks more turquoise or green.

The meteorological conditions encountered on the lake since March (high air temperature, high humidity and high irradiance) favored this situation.

Observations made by the LKMP team revealed that the stratification is really shallow, 28m deep, with high water temperature and pH above 9.2.

In those conditions, the carbonates usually dissolved in the lake’s water are over-saturated and co-precipitate with calcium in the form of small calcite particles.

These particles are white, so it gives a milky or turquoise appearance to the lake’s water.

On the other hand, carbon dioxide gas present in water is consumed by green algae (Cynobacteria), which grow in the lake and make the water look green when observed from far.

This process is thus normal and reversible. Experts say it should last only a few weeks and, at the end of the rainy season, these calcite particles will simply sink and accumulate in the lake sediments.

They also say that lake whitening is a harmless phenomenon for people and for the local fauna and flora. Swimming, navigation and fishing are safe and still allowed.

A magnificent view of lake Kivu from a guesthouse

A magnificent view of lake Kivu from a guesthouse

Connection to climate/weather change?

Change of the color of the lake was triggered by specific weather conditions. It results from a shallow stratification of Lake Surface which triggers a calcite precipitation.

The deep stratification of the lake remained stable and deep waters did not mix with surface waters. Lake Kivu has not yet been affected by the global warming. The changes are normal weather changes.

However, what the experts insisted on is that, the lake’s whitening is not caused by the current extraction of methane gas nor by recent seismic and volcanic activities of Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira as many had suspected.

SOURCE : KT-PRESS

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21 arrested over illegal mining

21 arrested over illegal mining

Posted on 26 April 2016 by peter

21 arrested over illegal mining

​Police in Ngororero District conducted an operation to protect environment and arrested 21 people in connection with illegal mining and illegally cutting down trees in a protected area.

The suspects who are currently held at Kavumu Police station are accused of mining without a license and encroaching on a government gazetted forest and cutting down trees.

According to the District Police Commander (DPC), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Marc Gasangwa, the suspects were found with no license to mine although they claim that their employer had a license.

“We are still investigating these people but in the meantime we are reminding the public that illegal mining and tree felling are practices that are punishable by law. There are legal channels to authorise miners; you must have a license and all the required equipment for safe mining,” said the DPC.

He further pointed out that; “Mining requires skills and knowledge, if it’s done wrongly, a lot is at risk including people’s lives that’s why it’s a profession that requires expertise.”

With regards to tree felling, SSP Gasangwa outlined a number of laws that punish illegal cutting and transportation of trees – among them being the organic law determining the modalities of protection, conservation and promotion of environment in Rwanda prohibits the felling of trees in forests and protected areas.

“By law, to cut down trees, someone has to first acquire a license from the Sector which these people did not have. Deforestation contributes to environment degradation, which in one way or another has an effect on people’s health and the economy in general and we can’t allow that,” he said.

As per the penal code, the suspects risk a jail term of up to one year and a fine of up to Rwf 10 million for illegal mining as stipulated in article 438.

With regards to tree-cutting SSP Gasangwa pointed out that Article 416 of the Rwanda Penal Code provides for punishment to anyone who cuts trees or who causes others to do so – and the punishments can be a prison term of six months to two years and a fine of Rwf300, 000 to Rwf2 million or one of these penalties.

RNP established and Environmental Protection Unit (EPU) that operates under the Criminal Investigation Department, and mandated to protect the environment in all aspects, including air space, forestry, waters , biodiversity, as well as the enforcement of different legal instruments.

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New Phone System Now Allows Rwandans To Access Status Of Land

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New Phone System Now Allows Rwandans To Access Status Of Land

Posted on 16 April 2016 by peter

New Phone System Now Allows Rwandans To Access Status Of Land

menu on phone that leads to access land information

Rwandans can now easily check the status of a particular plot of land by using their mobile phones as opposed to the long queues at land offices across the country.

The government is partnering with MTN-Rwanda to extend this innovation to the public.

Marie Grace Nishimwe, who works for the department  of Land Management and Titles in the Natural Resources Authority encourages the public to embrace the new application.

“Subscribers need to dial *651# and then Yes. From the menu one can select the language and also insert the land plot number. The system fetches information about the requested plot number,” she told KT Press earlier today.

The subscriber will be able to know the status of the plot whether it is disputed or presented as collateral at any bank.

This enables any interested buyers to probe the land before committing any transactions.

Rwanda has an area of 26 thousands square kilometers. The national land center has about 11 million registered parcels of land. Owners are issued with land titles which they can use as collateral to obtain bank loans.

In 1999, the government of Rwanda passed a series of laws, regulations and policies designed to reform its land tenure system.

The new legal framework was adopted in 2004 providing general guidelines for efficient use of land resources.

Meanwhile, the public has welcomed the innovation with positive feedback. “This is what we call technology based development, says Lys Umwiza on her Facebook post.

“Absolutely amazing,” says Abou-bakr Mulangwa.

New Phone System Now Allows Rwandans To Access Status Of Land

Land use across the country

New Phone System Now Allows Rwandans To Access Status Of Land

Source: KTPress

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Farmers Counting On Buffett Irrigation Project To End Misery

Posted on 15 April 2016 by peter

Local government minister Francis Kaboneka (3rd Right) takes a guided tour at the new irrigation project site

Local government minister Francis Kaboneka (3rd Right) takes a guided tour at the new irrigation project site

Nasho farmers in Kirehe district are counting days before they say goodbye to drought related problems they have endured for decades affecting agriculture production in their area.

The $24 million hillside irrigation project supported by Buffet Foundation(1200 hectares) in Nasho valley is at the finishing phase.

KTPress has learnt it will be completed in the next four months.

“Latest early September the irrigation will be launched to end drought ever,” said Theoneste Nizeyimana, executive secretary of Nasho sector.

Nizeyimana said, 70% of pipelines that will channel water into the valley were connected to the nearby Cyambwe Lake.

The 34km road network that will facilitate activities from farming to harvest were also handed over by Remote Group, a US firm.

The Rwanda Reserve Forces are also finishing up construction of the 52 houses, two in one that will host the expropriated families. Every house is expected to cost Rwf7million.

Finished work stands at 80%.

Officials in agriculture ministry previously told KTPress that Lindsay International Sales & Services LLC won the tender to supply and install irrigation equipment while also conducting technical training on the irrigation plant.

“The site is very busy with technicians assembling tractors,” Nzeyimana said.

The Site is expected to be irrigated by 63 pivots, which were set to be shipped in January 2016 for the irrigation to launch in March this year.

Nzeyimana said part of the required pivots is being assembled at the site, while others will be shifted in a couple of weeks.

Ministry of agriculture was not available to give reasons for this delay.

Meanwhile, irrigation experts are studying feasibility of dividing up the site into clusters of Soya, beans and maize.

Nasho irrigation project is a philanthropy activity.

In February 2015, Howard Buffet – the eldest son to US multi-billionaire investor and philanthropist, Warren Buffet, committed to invest $500 million (Rwf 350 billion) in Rwandan agriculture, to transform it from rudimentary and subsistence to modern and commercial.

While in Rwanda in September 2015, Buffet said Rwanda deserves it.

“This is the only country on the continent of Africa where I feel confident to do such a big project for a number of reasons, one is the government support, two is stability, three it is a complicated project so it needs a lot of collaboration which you may not find elsewhere in the world, if not in Rwanda.”

Ministers of local government, agriculture and cabinet affairs were at the site this afternoon to witness progress of the activities.

Another big project in Buffet Foundation donation to Rwanda at planning phase is construction of an agriculture institute in Karama, Bugesera district.

Some of the equipment that will form irrigation system

Some of the equipment that will form irrigation system

Tractors and other farm machinery

Tractors and other farm machinery


Ploughing equipment

Ploughing equipment


New Houses to accommodate expropriated families

New Houses to accommodate expropriated families

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Kigali to host social Entrepreneurship gala Dinner

Posted on 12 April 2016 by peter

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Social Entrepreneurs across the world are expected to converge in Kigali in May, 2016 for a gala dinner, another step towards promoting the sector geared towards improving people’s livelihoods.

The dinner that comes ahead of the World economic forum slated for 11-13 May, 2016 is expected to highlight the vital role social entrepreneurship towards socio-economic development of the economies.

“The Gala dinner will be held at the Africa Summit on the 11th of May from 7 to 10pm at the Serena Hotel in Kigali,” said Christoph von Toggenburg Community Lead Europe, Middle East and Africa, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in a statement on Tuesday.

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation.

“It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum,” he said.

Experts say that unlike business entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship still face challenges of few people picking interest, lack of enough orientation for those wishing to venture into the sector.

“The problem is most people are  looking at business entrepreneurship because it is where they can easily project  market as well as outcomes such as  profits which  is slightly different from  social  entrepreneurship,” said Davis Mukiza, a Business consultant.

The Dinner  organized by Motsepe Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with the World Economic Forum will be  graced by Dr. Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank

The forum will also recognize the Winners of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016 while also bringing several other entrepreneurs to share their experience to mentor more social entrepreneurs.

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Africa’s Hotel rooms soar by 30 percent this year

Posted on 12 April 2016 by peter

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A new survey has indicated an increase in planned hotel rooms across Africa by 30 percent at the beginning of 2016, an outlook that paints a positive growth of the continent’s hospitality sector.

The W Hospitality Group Hotel Chain Development Pipeline Survey, an annual survey shows that the number of planned rooms grew to 64,000 rooms in 365 hotels as investors remain confident towards the future of the hospitality industry.

“Even when pummeled daily by low commodity prices, exchange rate problems, political challenges and poor infrastructure, Africa remains resilient,” said Trevor Ward, W Hospitality Group managing director.

He adds, “The 2016 survey provides a full picture of hotel development across the continent – 36 hotel chains and 86 brands with more than 64,000 rooms in 365 hotels.”

The survey which is the eight  shows  a drastic growth in the sector  when compared in 2009 In where there were only 19 international and regional hotel chains contributing, with a pipeline of 144 hotels and just under 30,000 rooms.

“The increase is largely down to strong growth in sub-Saharan Africa, which is up 42.1% on 2015 and is significantly outstripping North Africa which achieved only a modest 7.5% pipeline increase this year,’  Ward said  on Tuesday.

The  survey  also  shows a  major shake-up in the rankings by country  with Angola making a rare improved  after being ranked among the top 10, pushing  Egypt out of second place, due to a major deal there signed by AccorHotels.

“Africa is still on the up. For business, trade and capital investment, the continent remains an attractive proposition, leading to continuing demand for accommodation and other hospitality services,” said Matthew Weihs, managing director of Bench Events.

The survey  is published  ahead of the African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) which will this year be  hosted  on 4- 6 October, 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda  after  the country  recorded an increase  in its  hotel rooms.

Statistics indicate, Rwanda has 200 hotels and 4,500 hotel rooms with an average occupancy rate of 70 percent  where foreigners account for 97 percent of beds sold, thanks to the new initiative  of promoting Meetings, incentives, conferences and events-MICE subsector.

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“Alain Juppe You Have Tutsi Blood On Your Hands”

Posted on 10 April 2016 by peter

Juppe faces pressure to retract his statements he made denying France’s role during the genocide in Rwanda

Juppe faces pressure to retract his statements he made denying France’s role during the genocide in Rwanda

Rwandans are in disbelief as the French electorate prepares to entrust their country to Alain Juppe, who helped sustain the government which executed the genocide against Tutsis in 1994. And he seems proud to want to repeat the same.

The situation gets even more painful following his recent take on Rwanda’s tragic past. At a time when a nation was moaning the loss of over a million Tutsis during the 1994 genocide, Juppe expressed pride for his service to the genocide government.

Survivors of the genocide are reminding the peace-loving French that Juppe will smear them the blood of Tutsis that he has been carrying on his hands.

During a national vigil at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali for the ongoing 22ndcommemoration of the genocide, Prof. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, the head of Ibuka, an umbrella of Genocide Survivor Associations, told thousands of Rwandans that Juppé has an ideological problem.

“Alain Juppé along with your colleagues, in one way or another, you have the blood of our loved ones on your hands,” said Dusingizemungu.

“You are seeking to be president of France, do you want to also smear them?” posed Dusingizemungu. As he spoke, there was repeated outbursts of emotions from survivors whose memories were coming back.

Juppé’s reckless comments made on April 1 negate his own personal and his country’s role in the genocide regardless of the fact that a French parliamentary commission of inquiry documented all the evidence.

Despite the proven mass slaughter record, Juppe said pinning the genocide on France was a “disgrace and historical falsification”.

At the commemoration vigil in Kigali, there was a delegation of French parliamentarians. And genocide survivors were keen to send them back with a clear message for their fellow French: Alain Juppé and many others are genocide fugitives.

Dusingizemungu said Juppe and others should be prosecuted, and not out campaigning. A two-year inquiry back in 2008 identified 33 French political and military officials for personal culpability in aiding the genocide government.

IBUKA grouping wants the ordinary Rwandans to ferociously fight back against the denial of the genocide against Tutsi. As for the government of Rwanda, the survivors want increased diplomatic engagement to ensure all suspects including Alain Juppe are prosecuted.

In a previous article, KT Press published exclusively evidence of Juppé’s personal involvement http://ktpress.rw/2016/04/alain-juppes-genocides-in-rwanda/

Following the halting of the genocide, Alain Juppe and his cabinet colleagues maintained a supply line for arms and political cover for the militias as they regrouped in the great lakes region. They metamorphosed into the so called democratic forces for the liberation of Rwanda or FDLR.

Speaking at the same 22nd Kwibuka (commemoration) vigil, President Paul Kagame warned any attempt to continue destabilising Rwanda would be met with unwavering counter force. The cost will be too high, he added.

“They will never know what hit them,” warned Kagame.

After the night vigil, President Kagame addressed a press conference where he also repeated more condemnation of ongoing denial and negation of the genocide by French politicians like Alain Juppe and Hubert Vedrine.

Without making direct mention of any individuals, Kagame said in spite of all the contempt, Rwandans will move on. He however also added that Rwandans will also continue battling all forms of genocide negation.

“Rwanda will continue to live on and progress even whether France accepts its responsibility or not,” said Kagame.

He said people who have responsibility in the genocide have not been tried and that the “real issue has not been addressed”– the underlying obstacle not being anything else, but because there is “nothing new” from accomplices like France.

Source: KTPress

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Inmates waiting for their visitors

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Rwanda’s Maximum Security Prison Turns Into Museum

Posted on 08 April 2016 by peter

Kigali central Prison

Kigali central Prison

Rwanda’s largest and oldest maximum security prison, commonly known as 1930, will become a Museum by June this year.

Kigali Central Prison, located in the heart of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, is going to be a touristic site for both local and foreign visitors to learn more about the country through this historic facility.

Kigali City Mayor, Monique Mukaruriza,  told KTPress that, “It is a government facility. When the inmates relocate, we shall turn it into a museum.”

The idea is to make it a general history museum, not prison history museum, Mukaruriza clarified.

All inmates will be relocated to a newly constructed Butamwa prison in Nyarugenge district, also in Kigali City.

Meanwhile, the history of 1930 prison, and all other prisons in Rwanda, will be kept at Musanze Prison in the northern province.

Musanze prison hosted Rukara Rwa Bishingwe, a village chief who would later be executed for killing a colonialist who had offended him.

Alphonse Umuliisa, the Director General of Institute of National Museums of Rwanda told KT Press the 1930 museum would contribute much to tourism.

“The same way Germans’ history in Rwanda is exhibited at Kandt House; this prison will also help exhibit Belgians’ history in Rwanda,” he said.

While the natural history Museum-Kandt House was the first modern house by Germans in Kigali, the nearby Kigali Central Prison was the first modern house by Belgians in Kigali.

According to the Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harelimana, the City of Kigali is free to decide the use of the facility after the prison relocates to Butamwa.

The City Council might find a developer to maintain that structure.

Previously, city authorities had said they were looking for a developer, who would turn the prison into a heritage hotel.

Elsewhere, Robben Island, in Western Cape (South Africa) where Nobel Peace prize laureate Nelson Mandela spent part of his 27-year jail term has become a famous museum.

If turned into a museum, Kigali Central Prison will be the 9th museum in Rwanda.

The latest museum is Campaign against Genocide Museum. From the parliament facilities, it exhibits the zeal of Rwanda Patriotic Front(RPF) Inkotanyi who stopped the Genocide against all odds.

The Gicumbi based Mulindi wa Byumba cave that was used by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame during the liberation struggle is also part of Campaign against Genocide Museum.

Inmates waiting for their visitors

Inmates waiting for their visitors

SOURCE : KT-PRESS

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Genocide Commemoration Starts As Kagame And Magufuli Light Flame Of Remembrance

Genocide Commemoration Starts As Kagame And Magufuli Light Flame Of Remembrance

Posted on 07 April 2016 by peter

President Paul Kagame and John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania lighting the flame of Remembrance at Kigali genocide Memorial, in Rwanda’s capital Kigali

President Paul Kagame and John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania lighting the flame of Remembrance at Kigali genocide Memorial, in Rwanda’s capital Kigali

President Paul Kagame and John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania have today lit the flame of remembrance at the Kigali Genocide memorial site to officially start the 22nd commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The flame will light for a hundred days which signifies the dark period the genocide lasted. During this commemoration, the national flag will fly at half-mast to honour over a million lives lost.

The theme of this 22nd commemoration is “Fighting Genocide Ideology”. Rwandan’s both in and outside the country are holding a series of events to honor genocide victims.

At various Rwandan embassies abroad, diplomats, international organisation, civil society and friends of Rwanda have joined.

Commemoration events include; laying wreaths on graves of victims in memorial sites, marching in a “Walk To Remember” campaign created by young Rwandans.

After lighting the flame and laying a wreath, alongside Tanzania’s President Magufuli and First Lady, Kagame led the visitors on a guided tour of the Kigali genocide memorial.

Across the country, Rwandans are gathered at memorial sites and rivers where bodies of Tutsi were dumped during the genocide. Some have braced the rain and chilly weather to honour the victims.

In North Western Rwanda, a mass grave was today found in Bigogwe military camp. In this area genocide against Tutsis was “tested” back in 1992.

Meanwhile, this is the time to remember the United Nations failure which had deployed peacekeepers in Rwanda between 1993 and 1996 under UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, powerless in preventing the genocide.

“On this day, we remember all who perished in the genocide and renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities from ever being repeated, anywhere in the world,” Ban Ki-moon the United Nations Secretary-General said in his message today.

“Honouring the victims of the genocide in Rwanda also means working for justice and accountability,” said Ban Ki-moon said. Ban Ki-moon started a UN project to support genocide Survivors in Rwanda.

“We should all be inspired by the survivors’ courage in showing that reconciliation is possible even after such a tragedy.”

He commended United Nations Member States in the region and beyond for their continued efforts to arrest and hand over remaining fugitives and end impunity.

Notably though, France which played a major role in the genocide has not apologized or accepted its role. The country also hosts several genocide perpetrators that have acquired full citizenship to enjoy protection in Europe and other countries.

The UN Secretary-General said in his message that, “the best way to ensure that genocide and other egregious violations of human rights and international law can never occur again is to acknowledge shared responsibility and commit to shared action to protect those at risk.”

President Kagame and First Lady lay a wreath as Tanzania’s President Magufuli and first lady look on

President Kagame and First Lady lay a wreath as Tanzania’s President Magufuli and first lady look on

Tanzania’s President Magufuli and first lady lay a wreath to honour victims of the Genocide against Tutsi

Tanzania’s President Magufuli and first lady lay a wreath to honour victims of the Genocide against Tutsi

Genocide Commemoration Starts As Kagame And Magufuli Light Flame Of Remembrance

 

Source: KT Press

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