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Rwanda Remembers 1994 Genocide Victims

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has invited Rukiga County MP and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) strong man Jack Sabiiti to go back to the ruling National Resistance Movement party.

Speaking during a fundraising function for Kamwezi Catholic Church in Rukiga County, information pills Kabale district on Easter Sunday, drugs Dr Rugunda praised Sabiiti for being developmental minded and an effective legislator, page but added:

“There is a step which Hon Sabiiti needs to take–to come back to the party that is supported overwhelmingly by the majority of the people of Rukiga County, NRM.”

The Prime Minister’s remarks drew huge applause from the people who were present.

Jack Sabiiti promptly responded saying he was happy to remain in FDC.

“The Constitution of Uganda allows us to belong to different political parties. I chose to belong to FDC,” he said.

Jack Sabiiti was one of the founding members of NRM who left it to join the opposition FDC.

However, of late, there have been reports that Sabiiti is considering returning to the ruling party, a charge he denies.


Sabiiti, who was FDC’s chief treasurer, has since refused to serve in Mugisha Muntu’s cabinet.

Sabiiti was on Nandala Mafabi’s side when the latter was challenging Muntu for the party’s presidency in one of the most expensive and turbulent internal elections the party witnessed in its history.

Interestingly, Sabiiti recently praised Museveni as a good leader who had transformed his constituency.

“I want to thank you Mr President for causing development in my constituency especially extending power lines, clean water projects and good feeder roads. I thank you because you have demonstrated good leadership skills. FDC and NRM party supporters in my constituency are working in harmony for development,” said the area legislator during the president’s visit of Rukiga in January 2015.

Sabiiti would later explain that his work was very much commended by the president, who observed that his constituency had developed faster than many others in the region.

In an interview with Chimpreports in January, Sabiiti explained that, “Some people are accusing him of joining NRM. Nobody will ever take me back to that party. People should know that I have no price and nothing can be used to lure me back to NRM,” said Sabiiti.

The FDC stalwart said being a developmental person; most of his activities for his constituency require that he puts aside his political affiliation.

“Development knows no political colours.”

Sabiiti praises Rugunda

During the Easter Season, Sabiiti hailed Prime Minister Rugunda for being a uniting factor, with an amiable personality.

“Dr Rugunda remains my friend, even when we belong to different political parties,” Sabiiti said.

The Prime Minister, Rugunda also praised former Rukiga county MP Manzi Tumubweeine for continuing to support development projects in the county even after losing the seat to Jack Sabiiti, and for demonstrating the spirit of reconciliation with his opponent.

“I am glad to see the two of you, Ndugu Sabiiti and Ndugu Manzi working together for the good of your people,” Dr Rugunda said.

Over Shs 40m was raised during the fundraising.
Rwandans across the country will today April 7 commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi for the 21st time, advice Chimp Corps report.

They will honour the million lives lost in a hundred days.

Known as ‘Kwibuka’ – the Kinyarwanda word for ‘remember’ – this year’s commemoration will focus on fighting Genocide denial and revisionism.

The Minister of Youth and ICT, sildenafil Jean Philbert Nsengimana has called on the Rwandan youth across the country to take part in various activities to mark the 21st Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The call was made at the closing ceremony of Itorero for 1032 youth leaders at sector and cell levels of the Eastern Province on Sunday.

So far more than 4,400 youth leaders in the country have participated in Itorero in the last five months in Rwanda.

Speaking to the press at the closing of Itorero, the minister stressed that the youth across the country will participate in various activities in their villages to remember victims of the genocide against the Tutsi and will participate also in Walk To Remember.

“We urge all young people across Rwanda to continue supporting survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi mainly the widows and orphans,” said Nsengimana.

Celestin Kanani on behalf of youth leaders from across Eastern Province said, “As young people, we will be participating in different planned activities in our respective villages and we will be near vulnerable Genocide survivors by helping them and we plan to clean different Genocide memorials.”

Officials said both the mourning week and the 100 days of commemoration period will be an opportunity to enhance historical clarity, get closer to genocide survivors – especially the most vulnerable, as well as empathise with them towards surmounting the country’s tragic history. This will also be an occasion to recognise rescuers.

The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), Dr. Jean-Damascene Bizimana said that events to mark the 21st Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi nationwide will be held at village level.

“Holding commemoration events at village level intends to instill in our grass-roots communities a sense of ownership. Communities will come together to reflect on the country’s tragic history in general, and the Genocide against the Tutsi in particular. This will be a special opportunity to visit, support and console genocide survivors countrywide. This is an occasion to discuss and seek lasting solutions to issues facing vulnerable genocide survivors,” he observed.

Dr. Bizimana said that this year’s commemoration will focus on fighting genocide denial and revisionism.

“Denying is the last step of genocide. To ensure that ‘Never Again’ becomes a reality, we must fight Genocide deniers and revisionists whoever and wherever they are. Those who deny the Genocide do so not out of ignorance, but rather as a premeditated act.  As Rwandans, fighting denial is our responsibility.”

Rwanda recently suspended BBC services over the genocide denial and revisionist documentary.


On the 7 April, President Paul Kagame will join families from across the country and special guests from around the world to honour the memory of those who perished in the Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Guest of Honour will light the National Flame of Mourning that will burn for 100 days. The flame will be lit at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre. In the evening, grass-roots communities will gather at village level to visit and provide support to vulnerable genocide survivors.

Throughout the commemoration week, citizens will gather in all villages nationwide to reflect on the country’s history, and discuss different genocide-related topics focusing on fighting genocide denial. The mourning week will end on 13 April 2015, while the commemoration period will continue for 100 days.

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