The Minister of Sports and Culture has said that the government is in its final stages of putting up an International Memorial Site of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in London, United Kingdom.
Addressing Parliament yesterday, Minister Joseph Habineza said, “we have acquired a big piece of land and we are now in talks with experts who will put up the memorial.”
He added that the government is yet to decide what will be put in the memorial and that the information will be about Rwanda’s history and the 1994 Genocide.
“Experts have wished to have some art crafts made in the form of human limbs while others have thought of airlifting some remains from here to the London memorial but we intend to maintain the originality,” said Habineza.
He also told lawmakers that the memorial will not only serve as a symbol of remembrance of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, but also as a tool to educate the Westerners who will visit the monument.
Details of the London memorial site came up in Habineza’s response to MPs’ queries on the damning status of memorial sites across the country.
The parliament had quizzed him and Foreign Affairs Minister Rosemary Museminali over the same issue late last month but they failed to satisfy them and were requested to re-appear before the House to shed more light through a written submission.
In a similar development, before starting his presentation on the situation of memorial sites in the country, Habineza requested the parliament to stand and observe two minutes of silence honouring the Tutsi massacred in the 1994 Genocide.