Bamporiki has revealed this during an exclusive interview with IGIHE, few days after Rwanda celebrated Heroes Day on 1st February 2021.
“There are processes required to be acclaimed as a hero, but we experience heroism every day whether in police, military, public and private institutions. Young people are overseeing measures with dedication in a way that reflects heroism,” he said.
“Some of them carry out their task as usual in a way that the value of heroism is reflected from their acts. To this end, some young people are not complacent like the rest of the world whereby you can find a 25-year old young person being far sighted and anticipating what will happen after passing on,” added Bamporiki.
The celebration of Heroes Day was held during difficult times of Coronavirus pandemic when Rwanda’s youth is actively engaged in the fight against the pandemic in collaboration with the Government to sensitize the public on preventive measures.
At least 9000 young people were recorded participating in such voluntary work helping people to respect preventive measures in public places like markets, bus terminals, entrances of complex business buildings among others.
Bamporiki explained that such commitment is a great gesture giving hope to preserving heroism.
“Apparently, the participation of youth in enforcement of preventive measures gives hope to other aspects of livelihoods. As far as I am concerned, Rwanda will always have heroes and we should reach a point where we don’t need to make such a list, for instance, mentioning that 10,000 young people are helping us to prevent COVID-19. These include the youth volunteers deployed in different corners at markets exposed under the Sun, and young policemen overseeing prevention measures,” he says.
“It is not essential to make the list but it is necessary to stand for such heroism, whereby people need to live by heroic acts because it is the tradition in which they were raised. This is the context of the country’s expectations, and how we believe it should be done,” added Bamporiki.
Heroism among Rwandans can be reflected through one’s outstanding deeds in different areas and selfless commitment to inclusive development.
It can be manifested through selfless acts like paying sacrifice for the nation, protecting the country’s sovereignty, selflessly promoting national economy, social wellbeing, good leadership, promoting technology among other areas.
Rwanda has been celebrating National Heroes Day since 1999, with heroes classified into three categories; Imanzi, Imena and Ingenzi.
Those classified in Imanzi are; late Gen. Maj Fred Gisa Rwigema former commandant of Rwanda Patriotic Army and Unknown Soldier.
Imena includes King Mutara III Rudahigwa, Michel Rwagasana, Agathe Uwiringiyimana, Félicité Niyitegeka and Nyange Students.