As part of the events to mark the African Liberation Day, several African diplomats accredited to Kigali, last week, toured the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, Gisozi, to pay their respects to the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
According to a statement, the team comprised high commissioners for Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, as well as the ambassadors of Congo Brazzaville and Egypt.
Others included the Charge d’Affaires of Algeria, Uganda, DR Congo, Morocco, Ethiopia and Burundi.
The statement added that the group laid a wreath on the graves and held a moment of silence to honour the victims.
Speaking on behalf of the envoys, John Mwangemi, the Kenyan high commissioner, said they came to the memorial to remember and honour those who perished in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and to comfort those who survived the “traumatising and horrible acts of inhumanity against the Tutsi.”
“On this occasion, we recall and celebrate the selfless acts of courage and human sacrifice that went along way to stop the Genocide against the Tutsi but most of all to reiterate and renew our commitment to fighting the genocide ideology or any acts of inhumanity,” Mwangemi said.
Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The African Liberation Day, commonly known as Africa Day, is celebrated on May 25.