#Kwibuka27: Genocide memorial visitors for COVID-19 tests

On 6 April 2021 at 11:38

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) has revealed that the 27th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi will begin on Wednesday 7th April 2021 observing COVID-19 preventive measures.

The 100-day commemoration will officially start at Kigali Genocide Memorial located in Gisozi sector, Gasabo district.

Unlike last year when the beginning of the commemoration period took place during total lockdown, commemoration talks at national level marking the start of commemoration week will be held at Intare Arena in Rusororo after lighting the flame of hope at Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Speaking to RBA, the Executive Secretary of CNLG, Dr. Jean Damascene Bizimana said that the main message of the day will be delivered during the event at Intare Arena.

Participants include top Government officials, head of missions accredited to Rwanda, local leaders, members of the private sector, church leaders and genocide survivors among others.

“All groups of Rwandans will be represented during the event due to take place at Intare Arena. It will feature commemoration talks, testimonies, songs and the main message of the day to Rwandans, friends of Rwanda and the international community,” he explained.

Dr. Bizimana said that other Rwandans will follow the event on Radio and Televisions among other online platforms.

He however explained that the commemoration walk and night vigil won’t happen.

During the commemoration week, talks will be delivered virtually.

Among others, exhumed remains of genocide victims will be accorded decent burial in different districts respecting existing COVID-19 preventive measures.

“Relatives of genocide victims whose remains were exhumed recently will delegate representatives in accordance with designated number of attendants. Local leaders, security officials and health workers will follow up to ensure compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures,” said Dr. Bizimana.

“The same will apply to people laying wreaths at memorials in honor of fallen victims. People will have to observe preventive measures by visiting memorials in small groups to respect social distancing,” he added.

Dr. Bizimana explained that visitors should be reminded to go for COVID-19 tests before heading to memorials.

“They can organize visits at different times but we also remind them to go for COVID-19 tests to know their health status and avoid crowding as they visit memorials,” he noted.

The Executive Secretary of CNLG, Dr. Jean Damascene Bizimana.