As Rwanda commemorates 20 years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the staff of R-Switch, a company in charge of the electronic payment system in Rwanda, took time to visit Nyamata Memorial Site where they made a donation of Rwf1,000,000.
Nyamata Memorial is a historical site where the genocide was planned since 1959 and in 1994 over 10,080 people who had gone to seek refuge at the church were brutally murdered.
R- Switch staff also laid a wreath on the mass graves at the site.
“We have come here to remember what happened during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and before. We would also like to accentuate the values of unity and reconciliation as we underscore the ‘Never Again’ notion. We should walk and work with renewed hope, resilience and work towards national development. The killings in 1994 were tragic, the commemorations should unite,” said Konde Bugingo R-Switch’s Chief Executive Officer.
He called on Rwandans to preach the same theme of unity and renewal as they remember their loved ones who perished during the genocide. “We want to see much stronger commitment to unity, promoting our time-honoured cultures and completely subdue hatred from our hearts, homes and communities.”
“I believe the journey we have walked in the last 20 years has given us momentum to go even further than the vision 2020; we should use this period and what we have attained in the past 20 years to involve the youth in nation building, establish stronger institutions and structures to serve Rwandans, not personalities,” he emphasised.
Léon Muberuka, the manager at Nyamata Memorial, commended R-Switch for the support and said that they will use the money to ensure that the place is well maintained.
Muberuka called on the public to visit the memorial sites for them to have a clear picture of what happened. He further appealed to the public to make effort to see that this horrific act never occurs again in Rwanda or anywhere in the world.