Rwanda | Kirehe: Local leaders called to prevent ideologies
On September 28th 2012, unity and reconciliation talks were held at Kirehe district between officials from National unity and reconciliation commission (NURC) and some of the authorities from Kirehe district.
The meeting was aimed at reviewing leaders’ responsibilities in the unity and reconciliation of Rwandese.
Vice president of the commission Xaverine Uwimana advises that after recovering from genocide, Rwandese should reconcile and live in harmony, so as to eradicate ideologies in all walks of life.
Reviewing the achievements on unity and reconciliation, religious leaders revealed that they fundraised for 65 poor residents during the mission they organized in addition to reconciling genocide widows and wives of the genocide participants in prison.
In Kigina, Kirehe and Gatore sectors, prisoners on TIG have built 45 houses for vulnerable residents and some genocide survivors, as part of reconciliation process.
TIG is a government program that was initiated in 2005 which allows persons found guilty of participating in the genocide to serve all or part of their sentence doing community work that has a positive impact on the development of the country.
Uwimana asserted that Rwandan values should be embraced especially after research showed that unity and reconciliation halted, to prevent some people from avenging for themselves.
Protais Murayire, mayor of Kirehe district said that unity and reconciliation is a strong pillar of development. He reminded the participants that 1994 Tutsi genocide was a result of bad leadership.
The talks were attended by religious leaders, executive secretaries for sectors, sector social affairs officials, cooperatives, workers in MAJ (Maisons d’acces a la Justice), legal advisors and others.