Kimironko Genocide memorial site gets facelift
In a bid to keep memories of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, residents of Kimironko Sector, Gasabo District have renovated a memorial site located in Bumbogo Sector.
The site is home to over 25,000 remains of victims of Genocide gathered from the cells of Kimironko, Kibagabaga, Kinyinya and Nyarutarama.
Rwanda’s Minister for Sports and Culture, Protais Mitali, who is also a resident of Bibaale village in Kimironko officiated the ceremony in which residents also made individual contributions worth Rwf12 million for the construction of the site.
Mitali said that the example of kimironko residents is one that should be emulated by other communities so as to chip in efforts of having few memorial sites effectively maintained and renovated.
A similar initiative will soon be taken by residents of Gatsibo district, North of Rwanda, plan to build a state of the art memorial site worth Rwf400 million in Kiziguro sector by the year 2015.
Esperance Uwimpuhwe, the Gatsibo district vice mayor in charge of Social Affairs, says that the site will be decent place to store the remains of the victims and also provide space for the young generation to learn the history of genocide.
There are about 300 Genocide memorial sites in the country. In November, 2013, the National Commission for the Fight against the Genocide (CNLG) presented its 2012-13 report to Parliament, indicating that most Genocide memorial centers remained in poor state, yet there was Rwf1.6 billion budget allocated that year.
Rwanda parliamentary Standing Committee on Unity, Human Rights and Fight against Genocide this year announced intensions of investigate the state of Genocide monuments countrywide.