[email protected]: Over 1000 attend conference on liberation and transformation

On 12 December 2017 at 04:48

Over 1000 people have gathered at Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF)-Inkotanyi headquarters in Kigali for a conference on ‘African Liberation’ ahead of the party’s 30 year anniversary.

The conference that brought together party members, scholars and different leaders from across the continent and beyond took place under the theme ‘Liberation and Transformation: Realising a dignified and prosperous Africa’.

The conference targeted to boost solidarity around the common fate that Africans share, and RPF’s commitment to contributing to Africa’s transformation.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, the RPF Vice-Chairperson, Christophe Bazivamo said that from the liberation struggle until now, RPF’s message has been consistent.

“The leadership of the country today was mooted in the aftermath of the Genocide during the national conference that was convened at Village Urugwiro where consensus was agreed upon as the best way to lead our country,” he said.

The conference featured panel discussions, with one under the theme; ‘Driving National Transformation and Realizing Africa’s full potential’ where panelists discussed key features of national transformation and what is required to maintain ideological clarity.

Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa and the former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer participated in the conference.

Mkapa congratulated President Paul Kagame for great nationalism and pan-Africanisim saying that it has earned him the respect of his people and the entire African continent.

He reiterated the need for continued integration of Africa saying that it is rooted in the very foundation of the former Organisation of African Unity, which is now the African Union.

“Next year, Africa must do what it takes to ensure the African youth change their aspirations of going to Europe for greener pasture by ensuring they find those opportunities in Africa so they stay,” Mkapa urged.

Bazivamo speaks in the conference
Over 1000 gathered for the conference
Former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa speaks in the conference