Kagame: We'll Wear Suits That Fit Us


cheap geneva; font-size: small;”>A participant asked what would befall an individual who exploited the ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ platform to confess to crimes committed in 1994. “Would they face legal repercussions?”

stomach geneva;”>Bishop John Rucyahana gave a lengthy and in-depth background of the programme that traces its roots in the post-genocide meetings held at Urugwiro Village, more about during which other ideas such as Gacaca Courts, were born.

The church leader told over 1,000 participants at the second day of the National Dialogue that the programme is aimed at shaking off the burden of ‘collective guilt’ from sections of innocent Hutu communities.

Attended by President Paul Kagame, the meeting also saw the youth urge government to incorporate the ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ programme into the school curriculum to promote awareness about openness and reconciliation.

Kagame also responded to requests by some participants to change names with tribal connotations, saying “such names should not be an issue as long as they are not used to do wrong things.”

He, however, said “people are free to change their names.”

The views from the audience underscored the need to support initiatives aimed at discarding deeply entrenched fears of retaliation among the Hutu community and boosting reconciliation.

Observers will likely argue that the ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ is timely in healing the remaining wounds as a result of the 1994 horror.

Rwandans in Diaspora were told not to fear returning home as the situation has changed from a climate of fear and bloodshed (1994) to development and prosperity.

Rucyahana said government bodies, embassies, private sector, and communal groups would spearhead ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ as a “step forward in nation-building and fostering unity.”

He said some people are worried of opening up on “troubling thoughts” which continue to haunt them.

“Ndi Umunyarwanda’ aims at dealing with genocide trauma to build a firm foundation for reconciliation. Some people feel if they had another chance, they would commit genocide again. We aim at enlightening people that disunity was one of the main sources of genocide,” said the man of God.

Kagame applauded the clergy for bolstering reconciliation efforts which are gradually paying off as witnesses in the unity and patriotism of Rwandans.

Meanwhile, Prof Anastase Shyaka discussed a presentation titled “Good governance for sustainable development” during which he hailed government’s record in providing security, conducive climate for doing business, combating corruption and providing public services to the people.

in his conclusive remarks, Kagame said there should not be complacency in fighting corruption.

He said much as Rwanda was registering tangible progress in combating the vice, a lot has to be done.

The President said leaders must resist attempts to be bribed and openly speak out about the vice.

On self-reliance, Kagame said the journey is filled with thorns but a glimmer of hope continues to shine at the end of the tunnel.

The head-of-state assured that Rwandan will only go for “suits that fit our sizes” not “leftovers.”

Encouraging regular assessment of government’s performance, Kagame also emphasised that government officials must implement ideas, resolutions and contributions from the audience.

“What we have discussed during this dialogue must go beyond words,implementation must begin today.”

Some of the resolutions of the National Dialogue at a glance

Encourage people to find local solutions to their problems

Young people should be told not to over rely on others for support

Discourage spirit of prestige overspending especially on weddings

Encourage Diaspora Rwandans to open savings accounts in Rwanda

Help in the promotion of Rwandan traditional values

Set up a maternity fund for Rwanda

Rwandans should work longer hours especially in agriculture and other sectors for proper utilisation of skills

All people’s retirement funds should be inflation indexed

Internship programmes for youth should be put in place

Rwandans should be supported to understand concepts of self-worth and self-reliance

Organise career guidance from primary schools for proper utilisation of skills

SACCOs should be organised in ways that teachers are not penalised if they do not pay in time

National trust Fund should be set up

Have a proper plan for Umugando

Law should be amended to allow relatives of people who died without leaving heirs to inherit properties of the deceased

Telecentres should be improved

Incorporate “Ndi umunyarwanda” programme in the school curriculum to promote awareness about the need for reconciliation


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