THE National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has called on Rwandans not to relent on the fight against genocide ideology, calling it ‘a lifetime struggle’.
CNLG Executive Secretary, Dr Jean Damascene Bizimana made the remarks in a statement detailing the programme for the 23rd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, due to start on April 7.
“To honour the memory of those lost, we will spend 100 days coming together. We will spend the rest of our lives fighting genocide ideology – with all the tools in our possession. Good governance, continued and sustainable growth and remembering our loved ones are our weapons of choice,” Dr Bizimana said.
This year’s commemoration will be marked under the theme: “Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi - Fight Genocide Ideology - Build on Our Progress.”
“The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was an attempt to break down our potential and rip apart our unity. In 100 days, we lost one million friends, family members, neighbours, leaders and future leaders,” Dr Bizimana said.
On April 7, events to kick off the National Mourning Week will be held at national and village levels.
Throughout the week, Rwandans across the country will reiterate their commitment to fight genocide ideology as they reflect on the country’s journey of unity and reconciliation in the last 23 years.
The Mourning Week will be concluded on April 13 with an event to pay respect to politicians killed for opposing the inhumane activities of the genocidal government.
In the 100 days of the Commemoration period, Rwandans and friends of Rwanda will hold discussions on how best to ensure sustainable socio-economic growth for the people of Rwanda.
Good governance is considered a main pillar in the fight against genocide ideology, according to CNLG.
The Genocide against the Tutsi began on April 7, 1994 and lasted 100 days. A study commissioned by the Ministry of Local Government in 2000 concluded that an approximate total of 1,074,017 people were killed in the 1994 Genocide.