UK holds Kwibuka20 Global discussion
Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo has said that Rwanda has come a long way to attain its current economic transformation after the 1994 genocide, an aspect that couldn’t be conceived by the world at the time.
The minister made the remarks on March 26, while presiding over the Kwibuka20 Global Conversation, in London: ‘The UK Remembers’, which was attended by members of the United Kingdom Parliament, led by friends of Rwanda Lord McConnell, Andrew Mitchell and Stephen Twiggs among others.
“As we look back, we are heartened by the fact that Rwanda, by any standard, and against so many odds, has done well, and past gains inspire optimism for the future. Yet, we still have a very long way to go, not just as Rwanda, but also as a global community. That is a common challenge I place before all of you” said Minister Mushikiwabo.
She also said that the practical tasks of reviving a dead economy and rebuilding institutions were daunting, but they would have been impossible if Rwandans had not begun by removing the toxic ethnic ideology in the community.
Genocide is too big a word and too scary a concept; therefore we might find it easier to start with warning signs of: discrimination, bigotry, definition of the enemy, and hateful words” adding “In the next 20 years Rwanda plans to completely move away from discrimination and division ”
She however stated that the UK has been supportive in Rwanda’s transformation and highlighted the need to have Rwanda self reliant but hit on International politics saying it is still about interests not about humanity.
“UK citizens should be proud that their country has improved a lot of lives in Rwanda, Mushikiwabo said on UK aid, “we want to move steadily to a position where we can self sustain” she stated.
“As we remember, we rededicate ourselves to unite more and to renew ourselves – and our faith in our quest to preserve our common humanity. We count on your solidarity and wise counsel, today and tomorrow, as we continue on what has been a most extra-ordinary journey for all Rwandans”
MP Stephen Twigg said that the international community failed to acknowledge what was happening in Rwanda and if Never Again is to become a reality all must each shoulder their our own responsibility.
MP Andrew Mitchell reflected on what happened in Rwanda saying that: “Nothing in our lives which equips us to understand what the Rwandan people have been through. It was an example of failure of the International Community and again we see it in Syria”..