He made the call today at Amahoro Stadium as he joined thousands of Rwandans, friends of Rwanda, Presidents of Sierra Leone, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Namibia, Togo, VP of Nigeria, PM of Tanzania, Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda among others for celebrations of the 25th Liberation Anniversary.
Over the 25 year journey, new infrastructures were set up, roads were constructed and expanded electricity to rural areas among other activities promoting social wellbeing and economic transformation.
The then RPF Inkotanyi soldiers now Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) liberated the country from bad leadership which had deprived hundreds of Rwandans of their rights leading some of them to fleeing the country and the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Rwanda is currently among largest contributors to different peace keeping missions and has become a role model for incredible resilience over the past 25 years promoting inclusive development, unity and reconciliation among Rwandans as opposed to the genocidaire Government.
President Kagame has said that for three long months in 1994, Rwanda’s survival was in doubt where a segment of the population was being hunted while more than a million people were murdered.
By July 4th, RPF Inkotanyi forces which had started the liberation struggle earlier in 1990 brought the killing to an end.
Kagame said that ‘the vision of unity and justice attracted broad support, because it resonates so strongly with the human spirit. But the proof was in actions, not words’.
For the last twenty-five years, Kagame said, Rwanda has been governed according to the liberation ideals fought for. He highlighted that the conduct of our forces, the bravery of those within Rwanda who opposed divisive politics or the energy that Rwandans give every day are among forces that lead to transforming the nation as we have seen in the past 25 years.
“As a result, the impossible has become manageable, and even natural. Achievements like restoring trust and peace, or working together, for example. But we cannot take anything for granted,” he said.
“It is the responsibility of every Rwandan to extend the gains we have made. Rwanda appreciates the profound link between our liberation journey, and the wider African quest for self-determination,” added Kagame.
Held under the theme “Together We Prosper,” this year’s celebration is an opportunity to recommit to Rwanda’s vision for a peaceful, united, prosperous and self-reliant nation.