President Kagame said in a twit yesterday that their contribution to the liberation of Rwanda today is the reason the country is where it is in its achievements and current economic development that all Rwandans are enjoying.
“To all patriots of our country and friends who walked this seemingly insurmountable journey that put us where we are today and did us proud today as a nation; we salute you and thank you!!! Dukomerezaho…!!!” Kagame said.
It has been 30 years since the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA), the armed wing of RPF-Inkotanyi, launched the liberation struggle to topple the genocidal government, a journey that lasted for four years.
The ‘October 1’ was the start of the four-year journey that was aimed to end social divisions, restore unity, establish a democratic leadership, and defend the sovereignty of the country, among others.
On October 2, 1990, the first commander of RPA, Maj. Gen. Fred Gisa Rwigema was shot dead.
While the army was missing its former commander, that was when the then Maj. Paul Kagame cut short his military studies in the U.S to return and reorganize the fighters and led them until the country was liberated.