Kagame: The Rwandan Struggle Continues

cialis 40mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Speaking to the mammoth crowd at the Amahoro national stadium, President Kagame noted that it was worth the fight to liberate the country from terror and bloodshed.

“On 4th July 1994 the darkest chapter in our history was brought to a close and life could begin in a new chapter. Too much was lost to commemorate that day as a triumph and our liberation struggle is far from over. But we have come far enough these past 20 years to permit ourselves a moment of sober satisfaction as we recommit to the journey ahead,” Kagame noted.

Following the death of Maj Gen Fred Rwigyema in 1990, President Kagame returned from United States where he was attending a military course to lead the RPF.

Kagame’s return breathed new life into the disintegrated, poorly commanded and scattered RPF rebels who would later pose a huge challenge to the genocidal regime of Juvenal Habyarimana.

The rebels opened new fronts and embarked on large scale military training in guerilla and conventional warfare before seizing large swathes of land in northern Rwanda.


After scoring highly on the battlefield coupled with international pressure, the government of Habyarimana agreed to hold talks with RPF leaders under what was known as the Arusha Accords.

It was decided that RPF takes 40 percent of top government positions from Habyarimana’s henchmen.

A battalion led by Gen Charles Kayonga was dispatched to the Parliament buildings in Kigali to protect the RPF leaders as they discussed with government the formation of a transitional government.

East African leaders attending the Liberation Day celebrations in Kigali on Friday

However, Habyarimana was killed as his plane landed at Kanombe, sparking off mass killings of Tutsi.

Kagame quickly reorganized its forces which, after decisive and costly battles, managed to capture Kigali thus forcing the genocidaires to escape to DRC. They later made a comeback under FDLR movement which was decisively defeated by RPF.

Kagame said the liberation is not an end but rather an attitude that inspires everything done and without which success can’t be achieved.

He stressed that each milestone allows the country do more to confront other challenges.

“Liberation sometimes includes a military campaign but it never ends with one. That’s where Rwanda is today. Our experience was and is an African one. Both the collapse and rebirth of our country and the rebirth are part of the African story, not isolated episodes that stand outside of it.”

Kagame further pointed out that his country will continue to fight divisive attitudes and that the spirit of togetherness has allowed them build a new country together that delivers security, public services and economic opportunity to all citizens.

“Liberation is and has always been a campaign waged in the name of universal human values of equality, fairness, reason and above all the inherent worth of every person.”

Soldiers at a parade at Amahoro Stadium

The Rwandan president added, “This struggle is ours to finish and now is the time.”

The chairman of the East African community, President Uhuru Kenyatta applauded the people of Rwanda for putting an end to genocide which regional countries and the rest of the world failed to stop.

Other dignitaries present at the function included presidents Yoweri Museveni from Uganda, Salva Kiir(South Sudan) and former first lady for Tanzania Maria Nyerere among others.

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