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Kwibuka23: Rwandan community in Ghana cautions the Government to learn from Rwanda’s past

As Rwanda commemorates the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the Chairman of Rwanda Diaspora in Ghana Bernardin Gatera has called the Government of Ghana to learn from the tragedy that Rwanda passed through and fight to avoid whatever seems to be the cause.

The Rwandan Cummunity chief in Ghana Gatera insists that failure to control the variety of race and cultures of its community could lead Ghana into massacres that resemble the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi which cost over a million lives of Tutsi victims.

On April 6th 1994, the plane that carried former President Habyarimana and fellow Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot in the air from Peace Convention in Arusha, Tanzania and the sniper who caused the clash is yet to be identified.

After the plane clash, local media, especially popular newspaper in lobbying ‘Kangura’ and Radio Television Libre des Mille collines (RTLM) started to organize a lobbying mobilizing Hutu to kill the Tutsi and started to shortlist the Tutsi who would be killed at the very beginning of the massacres.

Talking to Ghanaian newspaper ‘Joynews’, when Rwandans were commemorating the Genocide against the Tutsi killed in 1994, Gatete has asked Ghana to tighten laws on the promotion of justice and gender.

He said, “The main lesson we thought to share with Ghanaian government is that we should be called citizens defined by nationality. We should avoid focusing on differences but commonalities and relationships between us”

He added that Ghanaian media should be careful of their content based on the issues of ethnicity in the country.

The 23rd commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi was highly attended by Rwandan community in Ghana, including the Rwanda’s envoys in Ghana, where they lit the flame of hope and honoring the Tutsi victims killed during the 1994 Genocide.

The northern region of Ghana is highly said to be the scene of social political and economic conflicts related on land issues, leading to a series of back to back conflicts between Konkombas and Nanumbas ethnies, Konkombas and Gonjas, and between Gonjas and Nawuris, while hot tempers have risen between Konkombas and Nawuris.

Findings on a research done 600 people living in the northern region of Ghana on their points of view about these conflicts, almost the total number predict the conflicts to get to a higher level in the region.

What makes the situation even more dangerous is that the ethnic classes living in this region have once fallen in fights since 1994, collecting some weapons which would be used to help them fight the enemy once the war rises between them, according to Africaportal’s article published in 2009.

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