Employees of the Ministry of Education, Tuesday night, held a commemoration event for colleagues who fell victim to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The ministry revealed that 64 employees were killed during the Genocide.
The event, held at the Ministry’s headquarters in Kacyiru, Kigali, brought together staff, families of the deceased, members of parliament and government officials, among others.
Addressing the gathering, Education Minister, Dr Charles Murigande, said that such an event honours the deceased and shows respect for the tremendous work they did in developing the country.
Murigande emphasised that it was important to reveal the truth, especially to the younger generation, by sensitising them on how the Genocide was planned and executed.
“We must speak the truth about what happened. Parents, you must explain to your children how the Genocide was planned,”.
“By knowing the cause and how the killings of Tutsi were planned, it will help them fight all the ideological differences,” he said.
The minister castigated some ‘unscrupulous’ people who thought that Rwanda would be scrapped off the world map.
“There are some people who had started misinforming the world that Rwanda would be divided into Hutu land and Tutsi land thinking that the two would not peacefully stay together again,” Murigande revealed. The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sharon Haba, announced that the commemoration exercise would be conducted annually and called upon the public to bring forward names of staff members, missing from the available 64.
She noted that the list was not exhaustive adding that the ministry hoped to get more names.