Rwanda Development Board (RDB), in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, launched the Liberation History Tourism Trail with the inaugural ‘Walk to Stop Genocide’ on Monday.
The Walk to Stop Genocide is a 90 kilometer four-day trek from Mulindi, Northern Province to Kigali starting on 30, June and ending on July 4.
The annual event aims to educate both local and foreign tourists on Rwanda’s liberation struggle and history.
A 25-person group consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Institute of National Museums, Ministry of Sports and Culture, Chancellery for Heroes, Rwanda Academy of Culture and Languages, Chamber of Tourism, tourism students and local media formally launched the Walk.
They commenced the trail on Monday at the National Liberation Park Museum, also known as ‘Umurindi w’intwari’, in Mulindi, Gicumbi District.
The participants are then trekking from Bwisige to Rutare and Bumbogo and will finally arriving in Kigali on Liberation Day.
The participants, who are sleeping in campsites, will also enjoy a cultural celebration(igitaramo) every evening that consist of cultural dances as well as the opportunity to listen to speakers who participated in the War of National Liberation.
The Liberation History Tourism Trail
The 120-kilometer Liberation History Tourism Trail, a collection of sites and trails in 29 sites in six districts that were significant in the War on National Liberation that commenced in October 1, 1990 and ended on July 4, 1994, will be open to the public from August, 2019.
Speaking on the new tourism product the RDB Chief Executive Officer, Clare Akamanzi, said that the Liberation History Tourism Trail has always been a potential revenue earner for the industry.
“We have held a number of stakeholder meetings with the Ministry of Defense and others on identifying the 29 sites that are going to be part of the trail,” she said.
She added that, “We expect that through this product tourists, both local and foreign, will learn more about the liberation struggle that started before October 1990 and ended with the Rwanda Patriotic Army putting an end to the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. In addition to that, it will diversify our tourism offerings and revenues and provide more employment opportunities to people working in the sites.”
The Liberation History Tourism Trail sites
1. Kagitumba (Entry Point), Matimba, Nyagatare
2. Nyabwishongwezi (Death of late Fred), Matimba, Nyagatare
3. Gabiro CTC (1st Barracks captured), Rwembogo, Gatsibo
4. Namuhemure Hill (1st T/Wing), Rwimiyaga, Nyagatare
5. Ryabega (Death place of late Senior Commanders), Nyagatare
6. Gikoba (RPA Seized Position), Tabagwe, Nyagatare
7. Shonga (1st strong enemy Position Defeated), Tabagwe, Nyagatare
8. Kabuga (1st Fundraising in 1992), Karama, Nyagatare
9. Nyagatare Town (1st City captured), Nyagatare
10. Kaborogota (157 CMF HQ), Tabagwe, Nyagatare
11. Gikagati (Barracks Location), Karama, Nyagatare
12. Karama (T/Wing), Karama, Nyagatare
13. Muhambo (7 CMF HQ), Gatunda, Nyagatare
14. Cyondo (B CMF HQ), Kiyombe, Nyagatare
15. Rushaki (Residence of CHC), Rushaki, Gicumbi
16. Mukarange (101 CMF HQ), Mukarange, Gicumbi
17. Mulindi (RPF/RPA HQ), Kaniga, Gicumbi
18. Kaniga (Radio Muhabura), Kaniga, Gicumbi
19. Cyumba, Cyumba, Gicumbi
20. Rubaya (Sick Bay HQ), Rubaya, Gicumbi
21. Bwisige, Gicumbi
22. Bungwe (Assembly Point 3rd Bn), Burera
23. Kivuye “Gatebe” (RPA Communications Center), Gatebe, Burera
24. Kivuye Sector (A CMF HQ), Kivuye, Burera
25. Runaba Parish (C CMF HQ), Butaro, Burera
26. Butaro Hospital (57 CMF HQ), Butaro, Burera
27. Ruhengeri (Prison), Muhoza, Musanze
28. Urugano (RPA Reorganization place), Nyange, Musanze
29. CND, Kimihurura, Gasabo