MUSANZE - The leader of the visiting Zimbabwean delegation from the Ministry of Youth and Empowerment, has commended Rwanda’s reconciliation drive, saying it is a manifestation that Africans can solve their own problems.
Zimbabwean Deputy Minister of Youth Development, Indignation and Empowerment, Thamsanqa Mahlangu, made the remarks yesterday after visiting ex-combatants at Mutobo Demobilisation Centre in Musanze district.
The 14-member delegation is on a five-day tour to draw lessons from the reconciliation strategies and peace building initiatives.
“Rwanda is now a beacon of hope in Africa, and it has proved that Africans should seek solutions to their own problems. This offers a big lesson to the people of Zimbabwe,’’ Mahlangu said.
The delegation is composed of staff from youth ministry, members of the National Youth Council, and representatives of three political parties in Zimbabwe.
Some of the ex-combatants who trekked up to Zimbabwe during the wars in DRC surprised the Zimbabweans when they sang a song in one of Zimbabwe’s local dialects.
Later they visited students undergoing civic training at the Peace and Leadership Centre in Nkumba, Burera District.
Francis Potai, Zimbabwe’s Deputy Director of the National Youth Services, noted that Rwanda’s reconciliation policies should make Africans proud.