Public servants have been called on to actively fight genocide ideology and work diligently toward building a united and equal country.
The call was made Friday by the Minister for Public Service and Labour, Judith Uwizeye, at an event to commemorate 25 former staffers of three ministries who were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The three former ministries were Ministere de la Fonction Publique (public works – MINIFOP), Ministere du Travail et des Affaires Sociales (labour and social affairs, MINITRASO) and the Ministry of Internal Security (MININTER).
Uwizeye said it was a pity that public servants organised and participated in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi killing people they had the responsibility to protect. She urged the current civil servants and the general public to desist from and fight against genocide ideology.
She urged public servants to strive to work hard to improve the welfare of Rwandans.
“I urge those from institutions that are mourning today to actively contribute toward changing the trajectory that this country had taken in the past years,” she added.
The minister also said the need to keep supporting vulnerable Genocide survivors.
At the memorial event, it was also recalled that the pre-Genocide leadership was characterised by segregation and regionalism and this made the Genocide preparation and execution easier.
According to the Minister for Local Government, Francis Kaboneka, the fact that Rwandans can now gather and mourn is a sign that the country exists and there is hope for survivors to live a better life.
“We will continue to remember our loved ones who were killed because of who they were, while we continue to build our nation,” Kaboneka said.
The families of those who were killed while serving in the three institutions hailed the support extended to them but called for continuous help, especially for people who are still vulnerable.