The Minister made the appreciation on Saturday as he officially inaugurated newly constructed hostels for 40 Intwaza from Rusizi district.
The elderly survivors, locally known as ‘Intwaza’ in Kinyarwanda to describe their post-genocide resilience, are widows and widowers – Genocide survivors who live in well-managed retirement homes to avoid isolation and loneliness.
Minister Shyaka said that security is paramount for the country to consolidate gains.
On the night of 4th to 5th October 2019, armed assailants raided Kinigi sector, Musanze district where they killed 14 residents and injured many.
Following a deadly attack that left fourteen dead, a hunt for the assailants was mounted where after Police confirmed that 19 of the attackers were shot dead while 5 were arrested and paraded before the media.
Minister Shyaka praised Rwanda’s soldiers for professionalism and readiness top contain emerging security threats and civilians for cooperation to preserve security.
“I would like to inform our soldiers that civilians are also active. Grass root leadership is actively contributing to enhanced security. You have to provide information on any security. This is the commitment shared by residents from different districts,” he said.
Minister Shyaka explained that girls are also ready to defend national security and arresting suspects serving with an example from a recent case in Musanze district.
“If you got wind of it, two girls recently chased after assailants, apprehended, cuffed them and alerted soldiers. Being a soldier doesn’t only require male nationals but also our girls can make it. This induces pride in promoting inclusive gender policy. Had it not been the promotion of such a policy, these girls would hide in the backyards by the time they saw the attackers. They, however, stood firm and chased after and seized assailants because gender equality policy has taken root and yielding fruits,” he noted.
Prof Shyaka made the appreciation following the revelation by one of the attackers identified as Ndayisaba Alex, hailing from Cyuve sector narrating how he was apprehended by two girls.
Ndayisaba took cover in a hole under a concealment of grasses as Rwanda’s soldiers opened gunfire to him and his colleague.
“I took cover in a hole for about four hours. An old woman who came later to collect vegetables saw me and ran away. I was on a red T-shirt. I followed and told her that she should have no worries about. The old woman asked for my identity card which I didn’t have and decided to surrender. She had two girls who apprehended me as I tried to escape and brought me to the police,” he said.
Minister Shyaka called on other citizens to embrace such bravery to safeguard the nation in collaboration with security institutions.