Britain’s Andrea Mitchell grieves with Rwanda
The Kwibuka flame (Flame of Remembrance) on Sunday made its 28th tour around the country returning to Kigali city in Nyarugenge district, where it was received amidst joy of hope for the country 20 years after the genocide.
The flame, carried by teenagers-Agnes Ishimwe and Christian Tuyisenge Rangira was escorted by residents of eastern province, who placed it at Camp Kigali school grounds as Camp Kigali Children’s Choir sung the ‘Urumuri Rutazima’ (ever burning flame) song.
Among Rwandans and friends of Rwanda was British Member of Parliament, Honorable Andrea Mitchell accompanied by his countrymen and women, who also took part in the event of keeping memories of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
In his written message (on a ribbon) MP Mitchell said,”From Britain and the British parliament, we remember and grieve with the people of Rwanda during this time of commemoration of what happened in Rwanda in 1994.”
The guest of honor, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Stella Ford Mugabo, in her speech urged Rwandans to keep memory of what happened in their country and desist from tendencies of genocide ideology but work to rebuild their country.
She also encouraged Rwandans to use this commemoration period as a time to reflect and speak the truth of what truly happened during the genocide, in this way to create a path for unity and reconciliation.
Testimonies from survivors of genocide indicated that the killings in Camp Kigali, had been planned by the then Juvenal Habyarimana’s government.
Damas Mutezintare Gisimba who rescued 400 people during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and has continued to care for many orphans 20 years down the road said that the it was by God’s grace that some survived.
During the genocide, Nyarugenge was accommodated the Presidency Office, Min of Defence,Radio Rwanda, the infamous RTLM radio and other key institutions. It’s in the same area (camp Kigali) that Belgian soldiers who were also killed during the genocide.
One of the witnesses of genocide, Pollen Rugero, suggested that the place-Camp Kigali should have a new and fresh name so as to change the bad history of what happened at the school premises thus giving new hope to the young generation.