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09.06.2017 23:00 Category: MINALOC News


June 09, 2017

Officials and staff at the Ministry of Local Government; that of Public Service and Labor and those from Migration Directorate gathered in Kacyiru, yesterday, and remembered their colleagues who were killed during the genocide against Tutsi in 1994. The commemoration was graced by all Ministers and officials from the above institutions.

Public servants have been called on to actively fight genocide ideology and work diligently toward building a united and equal country.

The commemoration was also an opportunity to remember 25 former staffers of three ministries who were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, including the then Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Ndasingwa Landouald.  

The three former ministries were Ministere de la Fonction Publique (public service – MINIFOP), Ministere du Travail et des Affaires Sociales (labor and social affairs, MINITRASO) and Ministere de lInterieur et du Developement Communal (Ministry of Interior and Communal Development- MININTER).

Speaking at the function, the Minister of Public Service and Labor, Uwizeye Judith, said that; “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, and 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.

At the memorial event, it was also recalled that the pre-Genocide leadership was characterized 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. Leadership is about action. We shall always remember those who were killed and we shall keep preventing genocide from happening again,” 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.