Kwibuka30: Bralirwa pays tribute to victims of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

On 30 April 2024 at 04:20

Bralirwa Plc marked the 30th commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi by paying tribute to former employees who lost their lives in the tragedy in both Rubavu and Kigali, where the company holds premises.

The management and staff, together with the friends and families of former employees who fell victim to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, along with invited guests, laid wreaths at both the Rubavu and Ntarama Genocide Memorial sites in the past week and followed a speaker program under the Kwibuka30 theme; - Remember, Unite, Renew.

At each memorial site, the participants learned about the history of the genocide and the courageous efforts that were made to end it. They listened to the testimonies of genocide survivors Jeanine Mudenge Uwase and Marcel Nsengiyumva, who shared their harrowing experiences of hiding day and night in deplorable conditions to survive.

Director of Human Resources at Bralirwa, Laetitia Uwera, highlighted the importance of learning from the past and ensuring that such atrocities do not happen again. "As leaders and colleagues, we must be vigilant in promoting peace, harmony and mutual respect for one another in the development of communities," she said.

In his remarks at the Rubavu Genocide Memorial, the Mayor of Rubavu District, Mulindwa Prosper, emphasized the Government’s commitment to unity and reconciliation and called on everyone to work together to rebuild the nation.

Bralirwa’s Managing Director, Etienne Saada, commended the leadership of the country for promoting a culture of harmony and reconciliation. "We recommend the remarkable efforts of the Government of Rwanda to restore and maintain peace and security in the country. The commitment to good governance has been instrumental in promoting stability and progress," he said.

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of National Unity and Civic Engagement, Genocide Commemoration and Coordination Specialist, Anitha Ndayisaba Mweramana, highlighted that Rwandans are now choosing the direction we want to take as a country by refusing to be slaves of our past history and choosing to build a culture of dialogue.

“We must also remember to ensure that those of us who are alive will always remember our history. By doing so, we can ensure that the atrocities committed against our people do not happen again, hence our theme to remember, unite and renew,” she said.