A ten-man delegation from the government of Southern Sudan on a three-day study tour, has hailed Rwanda for the tremendous progress it has made in the areas of peace, unity and reconciliation, 16 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Speaking during their meeting with the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), the Deputy Chairperson of Southern Sudan Peace Commission (SSPC), Peter Gwang Akich, said that his team was impressed at the speed at which the government programmes bore fruits.
“As a commission which is mandated to bring about peace back in our region, we are totally amazed by the tremendous progress made by Rwandans in rebuilding their country by fostering peace, unity and reconciliation in a very short period after the Genocide” Gwang Akich said.
“This is an eye opener and should be a good example to all African nations as well”.
The Executive Secretary of NURC, Jean Baptiste Habyarimana, briefed the Sudanese delegation on various activities and factors that have facilitated Rwanda’s rapid change.
“Due to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis, sixteen years ago, the nation was in total darkness as regards to peace, unity and reconciliation, but we have now gradually improved in various fields, though we still have a long way to go” Habyarimana said.
He also elaborated various government initiatives that have contributed to Rwanda’s progress in the peace, unity and reconciliation process that include Gacaca courts, Ingando and national summits.
Speaking to The New Times, Gwang Akich said that they will adopt Rwanda’s mechanisms and strategies in unity and reconciliation.
NURC and the South Sudan delegation promised to maintain a strong partnership.