The Minister of Local Government, Francis Kaboneka has said that the Rwandan spirit should be upheld and even extended beyond the borders, especially the ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ that is meant to restore the faded values when Rwandans killed others during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
He noted this yesterday as he closed the civic education dubbed ‘Impamyabigwi’ for 216 members of civil society organizations that lasted a week from 17th to 23rd November 2016 in Nkumba of Burera district.
“We teach Ndi Umunyarwanda because we lost Rwandan spirit which brought negative consequences to everyone.The Rwandan spirit should be taken to other parts of Africa,” he said.
“Civil society organizations and the government should all have a shared vision with regard to citizen’s welfare, ” he said.
Some participants explained that they had a good opportunity to explore Rwanda’s history and areas with problems to be addressed which prepared them to facilitate Rwandans overcome such problems without waiting for foreign aid.
“We have learnt moral values that will help us to support Rwanda’s progress. We would sometimes work separately which has to be corrected and prioritize our budget plans for citizens,” said Rulinda Innocent.
Mujawingoma Murigo Zipola said “Civil society organizations existed in Rwanda long ago. We have learnt to work better for benefits of citizens. We have also learnt Rwanda’s history and positioned ourselves as special people that have to do unusual things using our capacities to uplift Rwandans from poverty.”