23rd Kwibuka at the University of Rwanda - Nyarugenge Campus
On Monday the 10th April 2017, The University of Rwanda - Nyarugenge Campus joined the rest of the nation and the world in commemorating and reflecting on the Genocide committed against the Tutsi.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jeanne Kagwiza, the resident principal of Nyarugenge campus and the Ag.principal of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences thanked those who turned up to commemorate on our terrible historical past and reminded students and staff that we have a duty and obligation to always remember those who where innocently killed during the genocide.
The commemoration started with a walk to remember that started from Nyarugenge campus to Sainte Famille church and back, during the walk at different historical spots in regards to the genocide, commemorators stopped and deliberated on the role and the disastrous contribution of such institutions in the lead to and during the genocide against the Tutsi and thereafter a vigil of remembrance continued in the night.
The event was attended by the Hon. Minister of Education Dr. Papias Musafiri, Mayor of Nyarugenge District Madam Kayisiime Nzaramba, Major General Mubarak Muganga who heads the RDF in Kigali City, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda Prof.Phil Cotton, Deputy Vice Chancellor for academic affairs and research Prof.Nelson Ijumba, Dr.Ignace Gatare Principal of CST, Representatives from IBUKA,CNLG, AERGand GAERG among others.
In his presentation, Tom Ndahiro a researcher at the National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG),under the national theme “Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi, Fight Genocide Ideology, Build on our progress” re-affirmed the continued zeal in the fight against genocide denial “We have concentrated on the youth with the view to protect them from falling prey to those who harbor the genocide ideology, to make them good citizens and involve them in the fight against genocide ideology and denial,” he said.
The presentation focused on the preparation and execution of the genocide against the Tutsi; the role of bad governance in the genocide and the role of good governance in country’s reconstruction after the genocide and highlighted the characteristics of genocide ideology.
Relentless vigilance, is a vital weapon or deterrent.“Whoever cares about genocide must remain vigilant,” Ndahiro says. “There are people out there who are busy trying to erase the memory of the Genocide against the Tutsi.”
“There are genocidaires and their ideologues; Rwandans and their allies. None of the Genocide deniers’ publications must pass unchallenged.”
The students representative under the umbrella of (AERG)“the students association of survivors of the genocide” in his remarks thanked the former RPA army that played a vital role to save them and their parents and thanked the government of Rwanda for the continued support it offers them in their day to day livelihood and ensuring that they are educated. Commemoration serves as a good time for all Rwandans and their friends to remember how their loved ones were dehumanized and killed.
Eric Mugisha and Renee Nshimiye
UR-Corporate Communications Office