The event held yesterday started with a visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial before paying tribute to 64 former employees killed during Genocide at the plant’s headquarters in Rusizi district, Western Province.
The delegation that visited Kigali Genocide Memorial was led by Roland Van Wijnen, the CEO of Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Ltd, one of the leading cement companies in South Africa which acquired 51 percent stake in Cimerwa and the CEO of Cimerwa Plc, Albert Sigei.
Roland Van Wijnen highlighted that telling the truth will be a weapon to defeat propagandists misinterpreting Genocide history.
“Visiting Genocide memorials helps us to reflect on the past, learn from historical reality because there are many people misinterpreting what happened in Rwanda. I would like to stress the need to scale up efforts to preserve genocide memorials, which is a crucial aspect to unity and reconciliation journey,” he said.
Roland stated that other countries should learn from Rwanda’s resilience and attained transformations after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
“I am visiting Rwanda for the third time. I am very impressed by the country’s constant progress. Rwanda’s transformation and achievements should leave a lesson to other countries,” he noted.
Following the visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial, the delegation headed to Muganza sector in Rusizi district at the headquarters of Cimerwa Plc to pay tribute to former employees killed during Genocide.
CIMERWA has been supporting Genocide survivors in Rusizi district to improve livelihoods through renovation or construction of new houses, catering for school fees and donating cows at different times among others.