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'Ndi Umunyarwanda' High On Agenda At National Dialogue

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stuff http://centreduplateau.qc.ca/wp-includes/post-formats.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Participants will today discuss a presentation by Prof Anastase Shyaka titled “Good governance for sustainable development” and “Ndi Umunyarwanda”‘program: Striving to preserve Rwandan spirit” by Bishop John Ruchyahana.

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‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ program has in recent weeks come under scruitiny with some officials saying it compelled some sections of Rwandans to apologise for crimes committed by radical Hutu elements in the 1994 genocide.

However, government says the initiative is aimed at the shaking off the burden of ‘collective guilt’ from shoulders of the innocent Hutu community.

It is also one way of building national identity based on trust and truth.

According to Youth and ICT Minister, Philbert Nsegimana, “forgiveness is preceded by repentance based on the understanding of the harm caused to the other community.”

After today’s discussions, resolutions of the National Dialogue Council for the year 2013 will be recorded to guide line ministries on their implementation.

Kagame addressing participants at the National Dialogue

President Paul Kagame is also expected to attend today’s function and also give closing remarks.

At least 1,000 participants are having an insight into Rwanda’s approach to social and economic development in the two decades since the 1994 genocide.

This year’s two-day dialogue, is being held under the theme “The Rwandan spirit: foundation for sustainable development.”

Umushyikirano is an annual event chaired by the President of Rwanda that gives Rwandans from all walks of life the opportunity to ask questions directly to their leaders.

Government officials in a dance at the end of the first day of the national dialogue

On Friday, government officials were quizzed on why some road projects remained incomplete.

The energy ministry came under fire for the blanket subsidisation of power tariffs while Education officials had to explain why some students who failed to report to school in Morocco on academic scholarships are yet to get help from authorities.

As usual Chimpreports is providing a live coverage of the dialogue during which participants including President Kagame, government officials, civil society, local government, business, diplomats, media, NGOs and citizens are discussing Rwanda’s progress and road to economic self-reliance (Kwigira).

The National Dialogue Council is provided for in Article 168 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 4th June 2003 as amended to date.

A participant asks questions during the session

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