EYEAFRICA TV: Kigali, RWANDA: Rwandan President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame today led a wreath on the burial place of over 250,000 victims and lit the flame of remembrance at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi, marking the beginning of the Mourning Week and the 100 days of commemoration.
In his commemoration speech, Mr. Kagame said although this was the 24th year of commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi, it was always back to the beginning to Rwandans because it involved the nature of Rwandans and their communities.
“When we commemorate, we are always confronting our past and we are always reminded that if we are not cautious, history could repeat itself,” Mr. Kagame told the croed.
He said by commemorating the day, Rwandans are reminded that they must own their problems, otherwise someone else from elsewhere could come in and help them to destroy themselves.
He said it also reminds them that they must work hard and strengthen all sectors, including economy, security and out unity. “As we remember, we must reflect on our past to draw motivation to build our future.”
President Kagame pointed out that when the facts of history become known, people’s understanding of the truth deepens.
“Truth is a necessity, and our progress is built on it. We remember that truth, and those who don’t are distorting it. Truth goes through fire but does not burn.”
President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame are also took part in the Kwibuka 24 Walk to Remember and Night Vigil at Amahoro Stadium, where young Rwandans light candles to honour the memory of the over one Million victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.