Rwandan Envoy to Ethiopia Flees to Europe

Protais Mitali fled to Europe on April 2, 2015

On 7 April 2015, viagra approved there Rwandans across the country will commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi for the 21st time.

They will honour the million lives lost in a hundred days. Known as ‘Kwibuka’ – the Kinyarwanda word for ‘remember’ – this year’s commemoration will focus on fighting Genocide denial and revisionism.

Officials said both the mourning week and the 100 days of commemoration period will be an opportunity to enhance historical clarity, story get closer to genocide survivors – especially the most vulnerable, rx as well as empathise with them towards surmounting the country’s tragic history. This will also be an occasion to recognise rescuers.

The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), Dr. Jean-Damascene Bizimana said that events to mark the 21st Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi nationwide will be held at village level.

“Holding commemoration events at village level intends to instill in our grass-roots communities a sense of ownership. Communities will come together to reflect on the country’s tragic history in general, and the Genocide against the Tutsi in particular. This will be a special opportunity to visit, support and console genocide survivors countrywide. This is an occasion to discuss and seek lasting solutions to issues facing vulnerable genocide survivors,” he observed.

Dr. Bizimana said that this year’s commemoration will focus on fighting genocide denial and revisionism.

“Denying is the last step of genocide. To ensure that ‘Never Again’ becomes a reality, we must fight Genocide deniers and revisionists whoever and wherever they are. Those who deny the Genocide do so not out of ignorance, but rather as a premeditated act.  As Rwandans, fighting denial is our responsibility.”

Rwanda recently suspended BBC services over the genocide denial and revisionist documentary.

On the 7 April, President Paul Kagame will join families from across the country and special guests from around the world to honour the memory of those who perished in the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Guest of Honour will light the National Flame of Mourning that will burn for 100 days. The flame will be lit at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. In the evening, grass-roots communities will gather at village level to visit and provide support to vulnerable genocide survivors.

Throughout the commemoration week, citizens will gather in all villages nationwide to reflect on the country’s history, and discuss different genocide-related topics focusing on fighting genocide denial. The mourning week will end on 13 April 2015, while the commemoration period will continue for 100 days.
Rwanda’s envoy to Ethiopia, page Protais Mitali, more about has fled to a European country after members of his political organisation, Liberal Party (LP) pressed for the accountability of Rwf63m reportedly misused during his reign as party president.

The former Sports Minister is reported to have escaped from Addis Ababa on April 2 after being sacked and recalled by the Foreign Affairs Ministry amid the Ombudsman’s queries.

Mitali, who replaced Prosper Higiro as party president in 2010, stepped down this year following the exposure of the alleged financial irregularities.

Donatilla Mukabalisa who has been the First Vice President of the party is not serving in acting capacity as the leader of LP until fresh elections are held.

Founded on 14 July 1991, LP is perceived as one of the key players in Rwanda’s politics after The Social Democratic Party (PSD), with members in the Rwandan parliament and the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

LP member Théogène Munyangeyo was quoted by the government-owned The New Times as saying, “Mitali allegedly used his authority as the head of the party to dupe the co-signatory François Byabarumwanzi into signing checks.”

Byabarumwanzi, according to the newspaper, has since apologised to his fellow party members for his blind trust in Mitali.

Several government officials have since fled the country over alleged mismanagement of public resources.


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