Kabaka Birthday Celebrations Underway

The official Kwibuka21 Commemoration Week (7-13 April) comes to a close today Monday with a ceremony at the Rebero Genocide Memorial.

Over 14, here information pills 000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi are buried there, erectile including 12 politicians who were killed for standing against the genocidal government in 1994.

The official mourning period, known as Icyunamo, continues until 4 July 2014 – Liberation Day.

The politicians buried at Rebero are: Landouard Ndasingwa (Liberal Party), Charles Kayiranga (Liberal Party), Jean de la Croix Rutaremara (Liberal Party), Augustin Rwayitare (Liberal Party), Aloys Niyoyita (Liberal Party), Venantie Kabageni (Liberal Party), Andre Kameya (Liberal Party), Frederic Nzamurambaho (PSD President and Agriculture Minister), Felicien Ngango (PSD), Jean Pierre Mushimiyimana (PSD) and Faustin Rucogoza (MDR).

The former President of the Constitutional Court Joseph Kavaruganda is also buried at the memorial.

Former Prime Minister, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, is buried at the National Heroes Cemetery and will also be honoured today.

This year Rwanda marked the 21st Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi by remembering the lives lost and showing solidarity with survivors and uniting to ensure genocide never happens again – in Rwanda or elsewhere.

Kwibuka means ‘to remember’ in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s language.


It describes the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in which more than one million Rwandans were killed.

Twenty-one years later Rwandans asked the world to unite to remember the lives that were lost and stand against genocide denial and to recognise the incredible bravery of those who rescued others during the genocide – at great risk to themselves and their families.

A series of events took place in Rwanda and around the world including the national commemoration in Rwanda, which begun on 7 April 2015.

The genocide began on 7 April 1994.

Kwibuka21 included a number of commemorative events including the lighting of the Flame of Remembrance at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, as well as commemorative events at the local level.

Meanwhile, special guests at today’s function includes the President of the Rwandan Senate, Bernard Makuza, the Minister of Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu, the President of Ibuka, Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, the Executive Secretary of CNLG, Jean Damascene Bizimana, and the Executive Secretary of the National Forum of Political Organisations. The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps will also attend and lay a wreath.
Former Makerere University Vic e Chancellor Prof Venansius Baryamureeba has asked students at the country’s leading education institution to intensify innovation in science and technology, approved saying that only then will they become billionaires, visit this and transform the country and the continent.

Baryamureeba was last Saturday speaking as chief guest, at the closing of the Bachelors of Science in Software engineering program at Makerere University.  He told the students that they held the keys for the country and Africa’s entry into the first world.

“Currently, most of the world’s richest people are those that have taken advantage of innovation in Science and Technology,” said the professor.

“Looking at the stories of Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, 24 year old Evan Spiegel, co-founder of photo- messaging app Snapchat, 31 year old Elizabeth Holmes, who runs blood-testing firm Theranos and many more, I know one thing for sure: Africa has equally brilliant youths and what we need is a comprehensive and coherent strategy to guide them to new frontiers for them to surpass the records already broken! This is the only way Africa can leapfrog and join the developed nations.”

Baryamureeba, who quit Makerere to start his own UTAMU University a couple of years ago, said that while African youths had shown development especially in the field of sports, this area would produce numerous billionaires.

He noted that sports’ contribution to economic development is and will remain minimal and thus much attention should be trained on developing innovation in science and technology.

He added, “In the whole world it’s only Michael Jordan among the sports men and ladies who has ever made it to the billionaires list. But I am not saying that we should abandon sports. This message is aimed at youth that want to become billionaires (in dollars).”

He went on to enlist a number of tools that the youths ought to tap in such as Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, WhatsApp, software, email, Skype, phones, tabs, computers, all of which would  help create opportunities, share knowledge with others, create jobs, boost their income, build businesses that last and change the country.

“When appropriately deployed, Information Technology can support organizations in achieving their competitive leverage, market position, quality services and efficient operations.”

Celebrations for Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi are underway with thousands of the monarch’s subjects holding prayers at the kingdom’s administrative seat, approved Bulange, health Mengo.

In attendance are Vice President Kiwanuka Ssekandi, former FDC President Dr Kizza Besigye, former Vice President Prof Gilbert Bukenya, Buganda Premier Peter Mayiga, MPs, Ministers and other high profile individuals.

Namirembe Diocese Bishop, Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, who led today’s prayers, said the collection of voluntary financial contributions from the public would continue.

“This exercise has just started and we are not about to stop or get tired. Why are people seething with rage about the Etofaali project?” wondered Luwalira.

He prayed for more blessings for the Kabaka from God.

Luwalira also condemned the increasing cases of human ritual sacrifice, urging murderers to cease their brutal acts of taking precious lives.

“Your Majesty, some young people could not join us today because they were killed in acts of ritual sacrifice which we condemn strongly,” he noted.

The Bishop also praised the Kabaka for appointing Mayiga as the Kingdom’s Premier, saying the latter’s developmental programmes will transform Buganda.

The celebrations and prayers are taking place at Masengere House (Mengo) which was officially opened today by Kabaka.

Today’s ceremony was preceded by a series of events including a marathon, selling of Buganda art, dressings, cups and key holders all carrying images of the Kabaka and of Masengere building; and treating the sick.

The Kabaka is revered in Buganda, with majority looking at him as a source of unity.

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