Francis Kaboneka, Local Government Minister calls on journalists who graduated from ‘Itorero’ to keep a patriotic and building character towards the country’s development instead of being driven by corruption in their everyday profession.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 10 civic training of Journalist, known as ‘Impamyabigwi II’, where he pointed at some who attempt to manipulate journalists using so-called money, very little. He asks them to stop and avoid it to improve their professional character.
He says, “When a journalist’s financial situation is getting worse, there are people around who start an attempt to manipulate them, in favor of their private businesses for their own purposes. But the ultimate solution is to be patient and feel that this is their country and they should fight for its interests as their main priority in their job”.
Minister Kaboneka compares such deals [between journalists and business people] like a colonial system which was a barrier to Rwandans of past generations, where he does not even fear to call it a cultural barrier.
He adds, “colonialists have made us dislike our own tradition, we were taught the history of their countries’ past until we forget about our country’s, but it is not too late, it’s high time to turn our backs to the tradition of our own country and be proud of calling it a prior first home”
He also reflects to different ways previously used to destroy Rwandan culture through some academic learning sessions until colonialists said that Rwandans atheists, whom they have been praising with tough spiritual beliefs on the Almighty God.
“Destroying culture goes with destroying mindset until colonialists made it a rule that Rwandan names are only family names while saints’ names are indeed for Christians,” he added.
He urged journalists to work in transparency and fight anything that gives bad image to the nation and Africa, in general, making it clear that the country only wants able journalism that supports the country’s interests, with passion and patriotism.
This is the second journalists’ civic training, known as Impamyabigwi. At least 160 journalists attended between April 19th and 26th, 2017, including about 1/3 female journalists, adding to 120 trained in December 2015.
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