Independence day

Rwanda’s Independence and an “Unfinished Cigarette”

This July as every other year since 1994, Rwanda marked Independence Day on 1st July, and celebrated Kwibohora or Liberation Day on 4th July. The two should be virtually synonymous, and yet are almost mutually exclusive, and stand 32 years apart. One is merely marked, the other celebrated. History...

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 12:43am

Independence Day: Did Rwanda really gain independence on July 1, 1962?

Antoine Mugesera was a 20-year-old student in 1962. He is among those who, on July 1, 1962, witnessed the Belgian flag being lowered and the Rwandan flag hoisted as a signal of the end to the Belgian rule. The day has since been known as Independence Day to mark the end of the Belgian colonial...

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 12:26am

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