President Paul Kagame insists no one should guide Rwandans their way of life like, but themselves since they have succeeded in working together for a common purpose.
Kagame made the remarks on April 7th, 2017 during the opening ceremony of the 23rd Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi at Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Kagame said, “We, Rwandans, have to live our lives. We are going to live our lives the best way we think we should. But there is still a long way to go forward and we have to stay strong with the willing heart which has been instrumental to building a united and reconciled community”
He also talked of some countries which have a blame game mind and like to be spoken only about their positivity, not the reverse.
“When things went wrong, like It happen to Rwanda in 1994 during the Genocide against the Tutsi, UN takes blame alone, but when things have gone the right way, only a few of its members feel to be appreciated,” Kagame wonders.
Kagame said, “We, Rwandans, have to live our own life. We should not live the way others want, but the way we want. There is nothing we can do about the past but, of course, there is something we can do for our people in the present”
Talking about Genocide denial where some people appear in an attempt to give it a different meaning, Kagame said, “They will never shake us of our beliefs. How can people keep playing around with names? They bring experts but experts to do what? Bring back people we lost? Our politics and our lives belong to us, not someone else. We are not asking for money, there is no money to compensate the lives we lost. It is the truth we are asking for commemoration”
“Why should we be afraid of saying things as they are? As if what happened in Rwanda is a mystery that is not known? We lost over a million people. Those deciding what it should be called are the very people who had a hand in it. It wasn’t a natural disaster. Politics was the cause, whether local or international and a section of our people of this great country was targeted for who they are. That is what it is,” He added.
He took time to console Genocide survivors to look straightforward and build their strength on the past for future progress of their life.
“This nation is your family; it is the family of every Rwandan. You are not alone. You have lost your families but there is one family that still belongs to you our nation. The best answer to this tragedy is to work every day to build this nation for every Rwandan and anyone who wishes to live here,” he said.
Kagame also paid tribute to individuals in Africa who took a stand against denial of the Genocide against the Tutsi, such as Capt. Mbaye Diagne of Senegal and Ghanaian peacekeepers who chose to do the right thing.
He also thanked African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat for his support during the period of commemoration
During the ceremony President Kagame, First Lady Jeannette and AU Chairperson Moussa Faki laid a wreath and lit the flame of remembrance in honor of over 1million victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.