A high-level government delegation led by Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community (EAC) Affairs Hon Kirunda Kivejinja is in Kigali to participate to participate in the 25th Kwibohora (Rwanda Liberation day) celebrations.
Kivejinja was flanked by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa and Reserve Force commander, Gen Charles Awany Otema.
Known as Kwibohora, Liberation Day is held every year on 4 July, marking the day the Rwandan Patriotic Army ended the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Held under the theme “Together We Prosper,” officials said this year’s celebration is an opportunity to recommit to Rwanda’s vision for a peaceful, united, prosperous and self-reliant nation.
A series of activities leading up to Kwibohora25 celebrations have been taking place across the country including a number of socio-economic development projects, led by the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) in partnership with local government institutions.
Part of these projects includes the construction of the Karama Integrated model village, located in Kigali Sector, Nyarugenge District that will be inaugurated on the eve of the Kwibohora25 celebrations.
The village will host 240 families relocated from high-risk zones.
ChimpReports understands the Ugandan delegation will grace the Liberation Day celebrations at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali today Thursday.
The Ugandan High Commission in Rwanda said Kivejinja would be “representing President Museveni while Hon Kutesa is a special envoy.”
The dignitaries were received by Ambassador Oliver Wonekha, her Deputy, Anne Katusiime, and the Defence Attache, Maj Gen Burundi Nyamunywanisa.
President Museveni’s decision to send Kivejinja and Kutesa to Rwanda for a high profile event comes at a time of heightened tension between the two countries.
It remains unclear if Kivejinja’s team will hold discussions with Rwandan authorities to diffuse the tension.
Rwanda is yet to open its Gatuna border and maintains a trade embargo on Ugandan goods.
Kigali says there can’t be free movement of Ugandan goods to the Rwandan market if Rwandans can’t move freely in Uganda.
Kampala maintains all law-abiding Rwandans are welcome to Uganda but security forces remained on the lookout for suspected criminals.
Speaking after the inauguration of Karama Model Village, President Kagame said the development showed that “Liberation is not simply about words, it is about action. It is an example of what we can accomplish and that we can do a lot more.”
He added: “You must each play your role, beginning with taking care of the home you were given. Liberation means believing that a good life is not a right only reserved for others, every Rwandan deserves it.”