First Lady Jeannette Kagame has called on leaders to resist whoever intends to spread hatred and discrimination ideologies among Rwandans.
She made the call yesterday during the second day of the 9th annual forum of Unity Club Intwararumuri.
Chaired by Madam Jeannette Kagame, Unity Club Intwararumuri was established in 1996 to contribute to the promotion of unity and peace as a pillar of sustainable development. The club is comprised of current and former government leaders with their spouses.
During the launch , Madam Jeannette Kagame awarded 17 (protectors of social pacts) "Abarinzi b’Igihango" selected from national level including Karamaga Thadee who hid the dead body of the former prime minister ,Agathe Uwiringiyimana.
Madam Jeannette Kagame talked of bad leadership of former leaders who worked against Rwanda’s unity and reminded them to consider the unity of Rwandans inherited from Gihanga (The monarch thought to have created Rwanda) promoting equal freedom among Rwandans sharing common responsibilities and rights.
She requested leaders to consolidate current achievements and sustain improvements in people’s welfare, resisting whoever intends to take back Rwandans to the tragic history of yesteryears.
“Let’s be delighted with our commendable achievements. Let us resist whoever wants to convince us that our livelihoods will improve if we accept discrimination again,” she said.
The 9th forum has been held at a time when Unity club Intwararumuri is celebrating 20 years of existence facilitating Rwandans to live in harmony following the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
Madam Jeannette Kagame has called on leaders that more needs to be done though the country has achieved a lot in unity and reconciliation.
“In Rwanda, truth is one of the pillars upon which our unity is rooted. That truth should push us to contemplate that we still have a long journey in building sustainable unity among Rwandans. Contemplating it keeps us away from relenting,” she said.
Madam Jeannette Kagame reminded leaders to strive for leaving a good legacy so that nationals won’t be scattered as refugees fleeing homeland.
One of members of Unity Club, Prof.Jolly Mazimpaka reflected on the vision that guided them as the club was formed.