UGANDA - The government has injected over US$100,000 in constructing three official Genocide memorial sites in Uganda, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage, has revealed.
The remains of 10,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis are buried in parts of the Mpigi, Masaka and Rakai districts.
In an exclusive interview yesterday, Mugambage said that all the three sites will be ready within a month.
“We shall have those three sites in Rakai, Masaka and Mpigi districts as the three official sites where the remains of the victims will be resting,” the envoy said.
The amount caters for construction of the mass graves, transporting remains from their respective places of burial as well as catering for costs involved in upgrading the sites to decent resting places.
While Rakai district will have Kasensero memorial site, Mpigi will be home to Golo memorial site and Masaka will have Lambu memorial site.
He said that the purpose of building the sites was to avoid having many dispersed burial grounds in the country.
“We are doing this instead of having many scattered burial places that were hastily built, of course. At the time, I believe people were trying to do the best they could,” he added.
On preparations for the forthcoming Presidential elections, Mugambage said that all preparations for Rwandans in the Diaspora to participate in the voting exercise were well on course.
“Our intention is to make the election as smooth and quick as possible. We are on schedule and we would want the people to exercise their constitutional rights,” he said.
He added that the Rwanda High Commission, in collaboration with the Electoral Commission, would assist in providing facilitation to enable eligible voters travelling from far locations in Uganda to come and vote.