President Paul Kagame has described Kigali tycoon Makuza Bertin who recently passed away as one of the people who helped Rwanda in the process of resilience and a man who strove for common interests following the mayhem Rwanda passed through.
President Kagame said this during a mourning session held yesterday to console with the bereaved family of Makuza Bertin where he requested everyone to leave a good legacy for which he/she will be remembered.
President Kagame said that he knew Makuza during hard times the country was experiencing and became one of the people who committed to making Rwanda, a fast growing country.
“I knew Makuza in difficult times as a real man who also helped to rebuild the country. He is among people who would help us; he had other friends they worked together for long term in seeking support, attracting private investors to improve performance or support the country’s development projects,” he said.
President Kagame described Makuza as a man who could provide support to public activities and highlighted that his deeds will be remembered and should be emulated.
President Kagame told mourners to always work for leaving a good legacy. President Kagame has said that the history left behind by a person marks his/her last days of life. “Continuing to live emanates from history you live through deeds, the way you behaved and the way you supported others or how you worked with others keeps your name heard,” he said.
Makuza Bertin was one of renowned businessmen in Rwanda for various business entities including Rwanda Foam, a local mattress manufacturing plant which has operated for 30 years and owner of a $40m M. Peace Plaza located in Kigali city.
Makuza died at 73 on Wednesday last week at King Faisal Hospital over liver disease.
- Late Makuza Bertin with president Kagame during the launch of M Peace Plaza last year