The ceremony held virtually on Monday 12th July 2021 was also attended by some of diplomats accredited to the country, representatives from the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rwandans living in Belarus and friends of Rwanda.
Speaking at the ceremony; Rwanda’s ambassador to Russia, Lt Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi reflected on bravery that characterized the youth that took part in the liberation struggle led by President Paul Kagame and commended them for sacrifice which became a foundation for Rwanda’s transformational journey over the past 27 years.
He also echoed the message of President Kagame delivered on 4th July 2021 as Rwanda marked the Liberation anniversary where he reminded Rwandans that attained progress is a result of working together.
“Twenty-seven years ago, Rwandans joined hands to liberate our country. Ever since we have worked together every day to renew our society and make Rwanda the best it can be for each one of us. I want to thank you for this,” reads the message.
After stopping the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, RPA Inkotanyi soldiers installed non-divisive leadership promoting unity, reconciliation, and inclusive development among Rwandans under the championship of Kagame.
Rwanda experienced serious economic collapse but has today become a resilient country with impressive transformations in various aspects of life that it is seen as a role model for many countries.
Lt Gen Kamanzi has urged the youth forming bigger segment of Rwandans living in Russia and Belarus to consolidate gains and advance Rwanda’s development further.
Vsevolod Tkachenko, the Director of the Africa Department at Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs commended Rwanda’s resilience and efforts to promote unity and reconciliation over the past 27 years.
He reiterated his country’s commitment to support Rwanda’s development in different areas and commended existing bilateral relations since 1963.
The Vice President of Rwandan community in Russia and Belarus, Joseph Rutaganira encouraged the youth to emulate patriotism of RPA Inkotanyi soldiers who selflessly fought for the liberation of Rwanda and continue contributing to national development agenda.
Rwandan youth from different universities in Russia present during the event also voiced appreciation RPA soldiers for their sacrifice and pledged contribution to build the nation.