KWIBUKA 24: ULK KIGALI REMEMBERS
Every year Rwandans commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. This is a noble activity that covers 100 days starting from April, a month in which the genocide kick-started. It is in the same perspective that on 2nd May 2018, Kigali independent University ULK organized a walk to remember to pay tribute to the genocide victims.
The walk to remember started from ULK Campus to the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi Sector. Upon their arrival at the memorial site, the staff and students of Kigali Independent University ULK were warmly welcomed at the memorial site; and thereafter they laid wreaths of flowers on the graves in which the remains of the victims are laid to rest.
Since the visit to the memorial aims at, among other objectives, learning lessons from what happened, the visitors were shown around the museum and the archive library to better have a clear image of how the genocide against the Tutsi was carried out.
In the museum, the visitors were shown the history of Rwanda before, during and after colonization. As it was shown, the period before the arrival of colonizers was a period in which the spirit of brotherhood prevailed. Rwandans could help one another and defend their nation together with no divisionism whatsoever.
However, when the colonizers entered the country in the 19th century, things got worse as the colonizers started issuing identity cards bearing people’s ethnic backgrounds (Hutu, Tutsi and Twa) , and this instigated more hate and divisionism among Rwandans as they could no longer see themselves as Rwandans in the first place.
Besides, the museum and the archive library show the tools that were used in the genocide such as guns, clubs, knives, machetes to mention but a few. Also, some of the clothes the victims had on are displayed in the museum to stand as facts for the deniers and revisionists who tend to distort what happened in Rwanda during the genocide.
Before leaving the memorial site, Dr. Ezechiel SEKIBIBI, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, who was leading the visitors, reiterated that genocide is a serious crime against humanity and it should be fought to prevent further atrocities from happening again.
“Genocide is a serious crime. It’s sad to see that many people who would contribute to the national development were mercilessly killed. We should always do everything in our power to fight the genocide ideology so that what happened may not happen again be it in Rwanda or beyond our borders”, said the Vice Chancellor.
The event climaxed in a commemoration night in which the light of hope was lit a sign that the future will be genocide free and it is indeed promising.
The Chief Guest during the commemoration night was Hon. Prof. Laurent NKUSI, who thanked the management of Kigali Independent University ULK for the way they have continued to organized commemoration events. He also said that Rwandans are now proud to have a country that treats all nationals equally.
“Long ago Rwandans didn’t have equal opportunities. For example in education, some had to be marginalized. But today, we are proud to be in an all-inclusive country in which education opportunities are for all Rwandans. With this, the number of graduates has tremendously hiked”, he told the gathering.
It should be noted that the commemoration night attracted many speakers, and all the speakers had in common the idea that genocide should be condemned in the strongest terms. They also thanked the government of Rwanda spearheaded by H.E Paul KAGAME for having continued to champion unity, peace and prosperity among Rwandans.