RE: “Gahimakazi on why she opted for business upon returning to Rwanda” (The New Times, July 6).
At the very outset, please allow me to congratulate The New Times for bringing out true life stories on a very regular basis. These surely serve as a reminder of the famous words, “Where there is a will there is a way.”
Only last month, on World Refugee Day, the Indian celebrity singer Suhail Zargar extolled the virtues of this beautiful country with his song titled “Oh, My Rwanda.”
Your newspaper has explicitly explained how Yvonne Gahimakazi chose to leave Italy, to come and “challenge (themselves) to a new life and contribute to the growth of the country.”
Oh, My Rwanda will continue to beckon many like Gahimakazi back home.
It is very appropriate that while the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) prepares to implement the cessation clause with effect from January 1, 2018, The New Times has given a glowing example of a true Rwandan who—in spite of having her entire family wiped out during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi—has put the past behind her and has come to rebuild this great nation.
Likewise, the twelve thousand returnees must bear in mind that Rwanda is no longer the dreadful land they had to flee from.
Rather, Rwanda today, will offer them a most peaceful haven where they will be welcomed with open arms and where they will be able to become a part and parcel of civil society, ably assisted by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR).
In conclusion, please allow me to wish Gahimakazi every success in all her business ventures, including Brachetto, which I shall definitely visit when next in Kigali.