KWIBUKA 20 AT ULK KIGALI
Gisozi, 17th May 2014, ULK community came together to light candles of hope and commit themselves to protecting the Rwandan national consciousness. This occasion which gathered ULK students, staff and authorities together with guests invitees, was devoted to KWIBUKA 20; commemorating the genocide perpetrated against Tutsi. This event was organized by the Association of Students Survivors of genocide AERG ULK in collaboration with ULK and AGEULK.
The function was introduced by a walk to remember departing from the university to march down to the Kigali Memorial Centre ,thereafter a commemoration evening was held. At the memorial centre the community got to be shared about the genocide actuality through written facts, real pictures, true stories witnessing the way genocide against Tutsi was planned and executed, leaving behind a string of harms to the Rwandan society. The junction of speeches, songs, drama from the commemoration night has brought in messages of hope that genocide will never happen again in Rwanda or elsewhere in the world.
Opening the function, the Rector of ULK Dr SEKIBIBI Ezechiel recognized the presence of some high officials and welcomed them; namely, the Vice President of IBUKA NKURANGA Egide, the Director of CNLG Research Center, Dr GASANABO Damascene, Brig. Gen Jack NZIZA, the National Coordinator of AERG RUKUNDO Constatin, and the Coordinator of AERG / ULK Hosanna MUKAYIRANGA witnessed the event. The President and Founder of ULK Prof. Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA attended the event and also introduced the Guest of Honour of the day Hon. GASAMAGERA Wellars.
In the line with the theme “Remember, Unite and Renew”, the speakers insisted on the role of youth to own the Rwandan spirit because this national consciousness will pave the path to a better future. In the same context, young intellectuals were called to put in their vigilance, vibrancy acting as the driving force of positive change through sustaining the achieved development and stopping the waves of negative forces. Remembrance is more than just a duty. It is forever and ever as an act to witness to the entire world not only the tragedy Rwandans went through but also the valor of Rwandans to have stopped the genocide and realize national reconciliation and country reconstruction.
The Guest of Honour Hon. GASAMAGERA Wellars emphasized on the heroism of the RPF army who fought and stopped the genocide after liberating the country. He urged the audience to be marked with the same spirit by owning the government policies with a complete engagement that the Rwandan spirit will never die. The speaker promised to advocate for some genocide survivors who are still striving under life hardships, having no shelter, surviving on assistance, living with some physical or psychological infirmities. He also recalled that assisting genocide survivor should be a shared duty among Rwandans whereby he appreciated the assistance of Prof Dr RWIGAMBA BALINDA to have singled out himself and offer scholarships and other financial assistance to students survivors of genocide from the very foundation of ULK to date.