This pandemic has shown us that we are all capable of heroic acts -Kagame

On 1 February 2021 at 02:07

President Paul Kagame has said that Coronavirus pandemic has proven that all Rwandans can embrace heroism considering expended efforts to contain the pandemic since it emerged last year.

Kagame revealed this today via Twitter handle as Rwanda celebrated Heroes Day for the 27th time.

He highlighted that the legacy of bravery that characterized Rwanda’s heroes should be upheld and passed on to future generations.

“Happy Heroes Day to every Rwandan. The selfless dedication to our country of the heroes we honour today, showed us what we can achieve. The nation we have is a result of their sacrifice. These are the values we must pass on to the next generations,” he said.

Kagame also thanked people who played role in containing Coronavirus pandemic noting that it has evidenced that everyone can be a hero.

“This pandemic has shown us that we are all capable of heroic acts. As we continue the fight against COVID-19 we thank the front line health workers, the security services for their heroic sacrifice and call on every citizen to keep each other safe,” he noted.

Rwanda confirmed the first COVID-19 case on 14th March 2020. Since then, 14 784 people have been tested positive out of 864 349 sample tests of whom 9519 have recovered, 5077 are active cases while 188 have succumbed to the virus.

Since the pandemic emerged, Rwanda embraced several preventive measures including the closure of some activities, encouraging citizens to adhere to health guidelines, testing members of the public and setting up various infrastructure designed to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Lowy Institute from Australia has recently ranked Rwanda the 6th among top ten global countries with efficiency in Covid-19 management. It is the first African country emerging on the top 10 list.

This year, Rwanda is celebrating Heroes Day for the 27th time.

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.