The Rwanda High Commissioner to Uganda Frank Mugambage has strongly urged Rwandans to embrace unity as a way of overcoming the trauma of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
This year marks 25 years since over a million people were butchered in a gruesome genocide that lasted a 100 days.
Thousands of people were killed by machete wielding militia known as “Entera Hamwe” who staged road blocks to stop their targets from escaping.
Mugambage gave this speech at a memorial event that took place at Makerere University under the theme “kwibuka” literally meaning remember.
The Chairman Rwanda Community in Uganda, Mzee Donati Kananura challenged all Rwandans to unite and denounce genocide from happening again.
“No one can take Rwanda back to bloodshed,” adding that the youth who were born post genocide need to know what transpired.
“It’s your responsibility to keep the memory alive,” Mugambagye advised the youth. In addition, the commissioner said in 1994 Rwanda was a failed state that was never to exist again.
He appreciated United Nations for having set 7th April to always remember the unforgettable impasse that took place.
Mugambage said that “This is a moment to pay tribute to those who perished and we stand in solidarity with the survivors.”
He added that it took the commitment of the Rwandan leadership to end the turmoil.
Mugambagye said the commemoration will last for 100 days and will include paying visits to various sites in Uganda including Lumbo in Masaka, where many victims that had fled to Uganda were laid to rest.
The commissioner expressed gratitude to some countries that he said arrested and repatriated culprits to face justice.
He noted that various projects were initiated to make sure people unite and reconcile.
“When I look at how far we have come, unity and hard work that has defined us, there is nothing we cannot overcome,” he said.
The 25th genocide commemoration was attended by various ambassadors and representatives in Uganda.