Sayinzoga Jean, former Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission chairman was yesterday laid to rest in Rusororo cemetery in Gasabo district.
The funeral was attended by relatives, friends and government officials including First Lady Jeannette Kagame, Premier Anastase Murekezi, ministers, senators and parliamentarians among others.
The burial was preceded by a mass at Regina Pacis Parish in Remera sector of Gasabo district, Kigali city.
His daughter Betty Sayinzoga said that her father prohibited them from eulogizing his academic status.
“He firstly asked us not to reveal his academic status because he would not be going to seek for a job. Don’t reveal it because knowledge is not attending schools. Secondly, no one should dare revealing the number of children I beget. I didn’t select. All children I beget and brought up are mine,” he said.
His daughter reiterated that the third request from her father was to lay him to rest without grief as he lived happily.
“He would return from burial of his colleagues and tell me, please don’t cry for me in such a way when I die,” she said.
The burial was preceded by a night vigil on Wednesday to celebrate his achievements where traditional songs of Rujindiri, whom he liked the most were played.
Sayinzoga played Karate for 40 years on a daily basis. He introduced Karate in Burundi and Rwanda and was the only Rwandan holding 6th Dan grade in the game.
The president of Rwanda Federation of Karate (FERWAKA) recalled Sayinzoga’s bravery applying Karate techniques to combat thieves in Burundi.
The Minister of Local Government, Francis Kaboneka praised Sayinzoga for his acts during his leadership as village leader for 14 years and Chairman of RDRC.
“Some people consider village leadership as a job for unemployed people. He however posted his candidacy and elected village leader. His village had good organization with security and hygiene. It even moved fast in development that others perceived it as a model,” he said.
Sayinzoga died aged 75 at King Faisal Hospital where he succumbed to liver cancer on Sunday.