Over 90% of citizens feel secure - survey
At least 94.3 percent of Rwandans believe the country is secure and has economic equality as well as freedom of expression, a survey has indicated.
The Rwanda Reconciliation Barometer report, released Thursday by the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), also indicates that reconciliation has increased by 80 per cent.
The launch, held in Musanze District, was attended by government officials, religious leaders, Civil Society Organisations, local leaders, as well as youth and women council representatives.
The survey, which sought to assess the rate of reconciliation in the country, was based on various variables, including social cohesion, political culture, human security and transition. Religious leaders were urged to play a vital role in promoting social cohesion, unity and reconciliation among the flock to help build a society that is at peace with itself.
Pastor Gabriel Rutikanga of Christ Gospel Church, challenged leaders to take full responsibility, seek forgiveness, repent before they could genuinely advocate for unity and reconciliation.
“I have served as a pastor in Rwanda before, during and after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. All religious customs are performed as usual, I don’t see religious leaders actively urging for honest repentance and Christian values,’’ Rutikanga said.
Richard Kananga, the Director of Peace Building and Conflict Management, NURC, said discussions on the report will identify early warning systems, as well as address issues hindering total reconciliation.
“If citizens view political structures, institutions , values and leadership as legitimate and effective, reconciliation will definitely take place,’’ Kananga noted.
According to the report, 90 percent of Rwandans have confidence and trust in their leadership, public institutions and rule of law.
One of the identified challenges in the reconciliation process is the failure to ensure compensation of property belonging to Genocide survivors that were looted during the Genocide.
Kananga said NURC will also release results of a qualitative survey, indicating why 10 percent don’t have confidence, explain the results of the RRB report, and offer recommendations.
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