Gov’t clarifies Ndi umunyarwanda to citizens
“Being Rwandan does not only mean having citizenship but also embracing cultural values and norms”, Philbert Nsengimana Minister of youth and ICT told residents in Rubavu district on February 01, 2014.
The Minister was addressing residents during Heroes day memorial in Gisenyi town, Kivumu cell in Rubavu district on Saturday.
In his speech, Minister Nsengimana asserted that embracing Ndi Umunyarwanda (Iam Rwandan) program is a step to heroism.
He highlighted that if Rwandans embraced “Ndi umunyarwanda” in 1994, genocide wouldn’t have happened.
Nsengimana said that though genocide left the hearts with wounds, people should devise means of comforting and healing the wounded hearts.
He added that heroism needed in this country is for changing negative attitudes and promoting social economic development.
“We had bad history and the answers to that isn’t by denying it but rather admit, correct the mistakes made and change through unity and reconciliation,” He laments.
The minister said that Ndi umunyarwanda program will promote transparency among Rwandese, enable genocide perpetrators gather confidence and ask for forgiveness and genocide survivors to forgive the participants as well.
Heroes’ day in Rubavu district was celebrated in Gisenyi town.