The President revealed this on Friday as he closed the 12th Annual Forum of Unity Club Intwararumuri, an association of current and former cabinet ministers and their spouses.
He made the statement after the recognition of three 2019 Abarinzi b’Igihango recipients including Daphrose Mukarutamu, Serge Gasore and Carl Wilkens who were awarded for their outstanding work in society.
“These people have been receiving exciting awards and the permanent medal. It is of great value to have it but we better recognize them with financial support because they run other activities. I have seen Nobel Prize winners getting additional cheques of dollars. It is meant to enable recipients to sustain similar works smoothly,” he said.
“You have been giving similar awards. I am told that recipients have reached 40 since 2016 but I am starting with today’s recipients. We are also looking at how to cover previous recipients. We shall give Rwf 10 million to each of the 40 recipients. We are starting with today’s awardees, and then remember to put previous recipients on that list,” added Kagame.
Serge Gasore, awarded yesterday who is among the first batch to receive the Rwf 10 told IGIHE that it induces pride that their work is valued.
“It is a great pleasure and reflects the relevance of our deeds. The President’s recognition is evidence that our deeds are relevant and ideal. It is 100 times rewarding our efforts,” he said.
Gasore explained that Rwf 10 million will expand his project and improve efforts towards activities solving citizens’ problems.
Gasore, a resident of Ntarama, built a daycare for street children left by their parents and others after the Genocide. He established a hospital that provides free medical care and put up a centre that trains women in tailoring and handcraft among others.
He also formed an annual cycling competition which seeks to raise awareness about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and went ahead to set up a counseling center.
On the other hand, Daphrose Mukarutamu founded an association, Duhozanye, a platform bringing together genocide widows to chart ways for their development.
In 1996 she collaborated with the Government to construct 60 houses for genocide widows with each house accommodating three survivors.
Mukarutamu created unity and reconciliation groups that essentially promoted unity.
Wilkens, is an American aid worker who refused to be evacuated during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, even when his family, relatives and other thousands of expatriates were leaving Rwanda.
He is the only known American who stayed in Rwanda during the Genocide.
He offered money to Interahamwe militias to not kill the Tutsis he was hiding during the Genocide and later adopted a kid whose parents had been shot during the Genocide.
Awarding Abarinzi b’Igihango is organized by Unity Club Intwararumuri in partnership with the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission to reward people with outstanding deeds promoting unity and reconciliation among Rwandans.