On Thursday 26th April, 2018 Students and staff at UR-CAVM and neighbouring community joined hands to remember the victims of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in the former Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture et d’Elévage (ISAE) Busogo. The commemoration started with a walk to remember, laying wreaths on Musanze Genocide Memorial and UR-CAVM Memorial site in honor and memory of those who lost their lives through the tragedy.
In her welcome message the Principal highlighted that UR-CAVM always remembers in order to pay tribute to those who passed away but above all to help current students and staff reflect on the consequences of hatred and bad leadership. She called young people present to show the difference, learn from the past for a brighter future, she urged the them to love one another and work hard to develop Rwanda in harmony.
Mr. Innocent MABABARIYE a student of the former ISAE who survived share the unconducive environment characterized with segregation and racial harassment they used to have and advised the audience to take advantage of the good equitable teaching and learning environment they have unlike the past.
The guest of honor Hon. Marie Theresa MUREKATETE shared with CAVM Community a summary discriminative ideologies and acts of the post-colonial regimes. She highlighted that Rwanda in now in the right hands, with good governance, strong and visionary leadership endeavoring to uniting Rwandans, offering justice and equal rights to all Rwandans. She called young people to remember in a constructive way, reflecting on the past to build a brighter Rwanda. Bring your efforts together, through unit, Ndi Umunyarwanda spirit and Rwandans values to build a model country at regional and international levels” She said
Over the night vigil, the UR-DVC AAR who had been with UR-CAVM all day along, lightened the lights of hope together with the college Principal. The DVC AAR stated that Rwanda is unique in the sense that it recovered from the horrible and unimaginable consequences of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. There are other nations which went through similar challenges or less than Rwanda’s and failed to recover. However, due to its strong and visionary leadership, committed population Rwanda recovered said the DVC AAR.
The DVC AAR also evoked that scholar played a big role in propagating hatred and genocide ideology which resulted in students killing their lecturers and lecturers killing students whom they were supposed to teach. He pledged that the current UR is committed to writing a new history through the training of a young workforce free of racism and divisionism, full of energy, skills and knowledge to work together as Rwandans and develop this country. He ended by thanking the survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi for their forgiveness and patience and called on the gathered community to live at peace with one another.
Story by Hubert BIZIMANA (Executive Assistant to the Principal UR-CAVM)
Published by UR Communication Team