KIGALI - As the 15th liberation day celebrations draw closer, Rwandans have been called upon to clearly understand the implications and embrace the day by remembering fallen heroes of the liberation struggle and collectively work to improve the lives of those who still live in absolute poverty fifteen years later.
The call was made by the minister of local government, Protais Musoni while addressing the press after a consultative meeting with Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC), Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) and the Rwanda National Police (RNP) at Police headquarters in Kigali.
“Apart from disseminating information about the historical day, preparations to start charity services like building houses for Genocide survivors and useful infrastructure such as water sources, hospitals and schools are also underway,” Musoni said.
He pointed out the need to involve the public in peace building, democratic governance and not undermining their contribution in getting rid of corruption, improving proper monitoring of government property and other related government strategies.
The Liberation Day coincides with the Army week that runs from 26th June in which RDF and the Ministry of Heath (MOH) will conduct various Medical activities countrywide.
Major Daniel Nyamwasa, the Clinical Director at Kanombe Military Hospital explained that the army has the capacity to deliver services to the general population, especially those who have no access.
“We are set to organize Brigades and collect blood from 2 sites per brigade countrywide as well as encourage civilians in the area to join the soldiers and donate,” Nyamwasa said.
He revealed that the week will involve sensitizing and mobilizing the population to get tested for HIV/AIDS in a bid to stop the spread of the scourge.
The Campaign has an objective to test 11,000 people in 14 days but the number can increase to 55,000 in 2 weeks while an estimated outcome of 6,000-12,000 units of blood will be collected.