Over 500 delegates are gathered in Kigali for a two-day conference on the 25th commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi.
The deliberations at the Intare Arena conference facility are being conducted under the theme; “Preserving Memory. Championing Humanity.”
This conference has also been graced by high profile officials including, First Lady Jeannette Kagame, the Premeir Edourd Ngirente, former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo.
During the first hours, delegates got engaged by the first panel session on the Perspectives of a Post-Genocide Generation.
Later in the afternoon, a second panel explored roles of state, church and media in the propagation of genocide ideology and disintegration of the social fabric of Rwanda and how it led to the genocide.
Panelists include; Frank Chalk, from Concordia University, Victoria Fontan a Professor of Peace Studies in Afghanistan, David Gakunzi, Bishop John Rucyahana from Rwanda Unity and Andrew Wallis, author. The Moderator is Zachary D. Kaufman of a senior Fellow at Havard.
This panel has through concrete examples, been exploring how ethnic labels polarise society across world.
According to Bishop Rucyahana, the problem with the church did not start shortly before or during the Genocide.
“It started from the beginning when they diverted from their mission and got involved in the leadership of Rwanda as a sovereign State”.
For Andrew Wallis on his research about the Genocide Against the Tutsi, he says he wanted to know who were the perpetrators and how they were able to do it.
“The Genocide was made possible by the creation of a single-party State, involvement of church leaders and the creation of ‘Akazu.”
From April 7th Rwandans will mark [ Kwibuka] the 25th commemoration of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi which claimed over a million lives.
Kwibuka 25 provides an important opportunity to remember the victims of the genocide preserve its evidence and educate about its history as well as the lessons that Rwanda has learned.
Kwibuka 25 is a time to Remember by honoring the memory of the over one million victims, Unite through the strength and dignity of our nation, and Renew our determination to build a prosperous future for generations to come.