Tue. Sep 21st, 2021

Why 27 th Liberation of Rwanda is unique

Finally, truth has gone through fire intact as some key allies of genocide regimes admit role in 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

By George Kalisa

Tomorrow Rwanda will mark the 27th Liberation Day. There are many reasons why Rwandans and friends of Rwanda need to put up triumphant celebrations this year. Although the list of achievements is long this article will dwell more on why this year’s liberation celebrations are special and/or different from the earlier ones.

Today, Rwanda boasts of omnipresent security, political stability, good governance and high quality service delivery in all sectors grounded in massive public investment and political will to build a new Rwanda.

All Rwandans live seamlessly and cohesively, relate to one another as Rwandans other than Hutus, Tutsis and Twas, and citizens’ participation in national programmes lies above 70% according to the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB).  

The number of Rwandans satisfied by the services in the country is on the rise. The Citizen Report card in 2018 on service satisfaction indicates that 69.3% falling below short of 90% projected in the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1-2017-2024).

Since 2000 President Paul Kagame has presided over one of Africa’s fast developing economies, coming only after Mauritius when he assumed the highest office in the land of a thousand hills.

In Rwanda, all citizens are engaged in policy-making through different platforms including women and girls, youths, civil society organizations, people with disabilities (PwDs) among others. The citizenry participate in the entire policy-making process right from views collection (read consultation) to implementation.  

This is the second time Rwanda marks this day under abnormal circumstances set forth by the novel Coronavirus. That one is no longer news. What is news are huge efforts President Paul Kagame and the entire Kigali administration have exhibited to save the dear lives of Rwandans from the pandemic through safety health guidelines and regulations that have been followed to the letter since the plague was declared on March14, 2020.

In its latest report, the Australian Think Tank Lowy Institute in its global ranking of 98 countries ranked Rwanda first in the African Continent and globally in managing the Covid-19 pandemic and making the information accessible to the public.

Owing to the new wave of Covid-19 prompted the East African nation to slap a ban on enter-Provincial travels, and thus, the Liberation of Rwanda, again, will be marked under virtual reality.

However, this year’s liberation celebrations are different from the previous ones because both France and Rwanda are moving towards a common understanding of what happened during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, going by the report released early this year by French historians.

President Kagame during his speech at the beginning of this year’s commemoration period described the findings in the report as “an important step toward a common understanding of what took place”.

The findings of the report, which political pundits see as a breakthrough in normalising diplomatic relations between France and Rwanda that have been cold since 1994. Both countries have been preoccupied by accusations and counteraccusations for the past 26 years, sparked by Rwanda’s documented evidence implicating key French politicians and senior army officers.

The top French brass politicians and army officers supplied weapons to bands of Hutu extremist and Interahamwe alongside plan on how the ethnic cleansing and extermination of the Tutsi would be executed.  

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Rwanda during the 100 days of the commemoration period. The visit means a lot in mending the relations between the two countries.

It is needless to mention that the perpetrators marauding in Europe, the US and Canada trading falsehoods have squarely lost their case to escape justice by falsifying the history of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.  

Rwanda has repeatedly told their hosts that the Rwandans who seek asylum under the pretext of being critics of the Kigali administration [as a cover up of the crimes they committed]

“There are a couple of cases where we told their hosts that they are actually criminals. They have killed, they have stolen, they have raped, they have done all kinds of things. And we have the capacity to try them. But they say no, these are critics of the leaders of Rwanda. These are people fighting for freedom, for rights of all kinds,” observed President Kagame in his speech at the beginning of this commemoration period.

Over the last 27 years, Rwanda’s leadership has made strides in the social and economic spheres, and all Rwandans today enjoy improved wellbeing due to good governance that has promoted unity and reconciliation. Within the borders of Rwanda, perpetrators and victims co-exist – enjoy access to all social services including education, health, water, electricity et cetera regardless of the perceived ethnic differences that were introduced by their colonial masters.  

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