Kagame Scoffs at Distractors: ‘You Cannot Shake Us’

President Kagame has said that those struggling with understanding their responsibility and creating problems for Rwandans will not stop them from making progress.

Speaking today to mark the beginning of the mourning week at the Gisozi Memorial Centre after laying the wreath at the tomb of genocide victims and lighting the flame of hope alongside the African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, healing President Kagame said nobody would shake Rwandans of their beliefs.

“There is nothing we can do about the past but there is something we can do for our people in the present. There is a silver lining, we are better people and we have more solid beliefs. Those who think they can change the course we are on are welcome but they should recognize the formidable opponent in us. They will never shake us of our beliefs. Our politics and our lives belong to us. Rwandans we have to live our lives. We are going to live our lives the best way we think we should.”

Reflecting on the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi, President Kagame said people should not dwell on nomenclature because what happened in Rwanda is no mystery.

“Why should we be afraid of saying things as they are? As if what happened in Rwanda is a mystery that is not known? How can people keep playing around with names? They bring experts but experts to do what? Bring back people we lost? We lost over one million people.

A section of our people of this great country were targeted for who they are. That is what it is. It wasn’t a natural disaster. Politics was the cause, whether local and international. Those deciding what it should be called are the very people who had a hand in it. They turn around and blame victims for problems they are causing, for which they have not apologized”

President Kagame recognised individuals such like Capt. Diagne Mbaye of Senegal and Ghanaian peacekeepers who chose to do the right thing during the genocide against the Tutsi. He also pointed out that Africa stood up against those who tried to turn victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi into perpetrators.

To the survivors of the genocide who lost families, President Kagame said: “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.”


President Kagame concluded by thanking the African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat for his support and pledged support from Rwanda towards building a better Africa.

President Kagame also participated in the Walk to remember and night vigil at the Amahoro National Stadium, where different commemoration activities were held.

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