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09.06.2017 23:00 Category: MINALOC News


Minister of Local Government, Kaboneka Francis, poses with members of Gakenke Unity and Reconciliation Forum

June 09, 2017

The Minister of Local Government, Hon Kaboneka Francis, launched today the Unity and Reconciliation Forum –Ihuriro ry’Ubumwe n’Ubwiyunge- in Gakenke District.

The forum is composed of the current district leadership, all former commune and district leaders, members of parliament and representatives of civil society organizations and Joint Action Development Forum leaders in the post genocide period. The platform allows also the district mayor to invite any other relevant person, regardless of the position or period she/he held in the district.

In his remarks, the Mayor of Gakenke district, Mr Nzamwita Deogratias, welcomed the idea of establishing such a Forum in his district, and he urged participants to own it for the benefit of the district both in the present and in the future.

All participants welcomed the idea of establishing the Unity and Reconciliation Forum. They also requested the membership to be opened to other persons including, but not limited to; the leaders of both Women and Youth Councils and the chairperson of JADF. The request was formally granted.

Addressing the participants, Minister Kaboneka commended whoever participated in the leadership of Gakenke district in all capacities. He said that; “development is a resulted of complementarity and continuity. Rwanda has opted for continuity in leadership by establishing Unity Club at national level, and we need to see the same at grassroots and local levels”.

“Leadership is not about position, but action. Those who led immediately after the genocide; those who led during the fight against Abacengezi (infiltrators) and even when decentralization started,etc; those persons are key to the current leadership. They have followers and experience on which we should capitalize. This forum is about unity and reconciliation in leadership and it aims at ensuring sustainability, complementarity and continuity in leadership”, Minister Kaboneka said.