On Thursday May 10th, 2018, the UNILAK community held the commemoration activities at all its campuses Kigali, Nyanza and Rwamagana.
The event at all campuses was marked by different activities namely walk to remember, lighting candle of hope as well as reading messages of hope and testimonies.
At Kigali campuses the activities kicked off by a walk to remember towards the parliament where they visited the Campaign against Genocide Museum.
All the speakers during the ceremony comforted genocide survivors and urged the students and all the participants to strive that genocide will never happen again.
In his welcome message, Dr. Augustine Rutamu, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academics and Research, he reminded students to be role models as well as to fight against genocide ideology.
“This is in an opportunity for students and lecturers to recall their contribution in fighting Genocide and its ideology, we remember in order to prevent genocide from happening again,” said Dr. Rutamu Augustine.
“The commemoration period reminds us the struggle we endured and it is also a time for commitment to build a bright future. We hope for a better future,” said Mr. Richard Niyomugabo, the coordinator of AERG-UNILAK.
His words were echoed by Dr. GASANABO J. Damascene, Director General- Research and Documentation Center on Genocide at the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide who did a presentation on the fight against Genocide ideology and denial.
He said that the country is still struggling with cases of genocide ideology and that the commission is still struggling with denial cases and urged everyone to play his role in fighting such cases by writing monographs on the history of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, for keeping alive its memory and to be used in fighting genocide deniers.
Mrs. Agnes Mukagashugi , the Deputy Prosecutor General who was the guest of honor encouraged the students who survived the genocide not to be carried away by the grief as they are in a country which loves them.
“Be positive, work hard and have a vision. Use your energy to build the country not to destroy it,” said Mrs. Mukagashugi.
At Rwamagana Campus, the commemoration activities start with a Walk to remember towards the genocide memorial site of Kigabiro Sector where the participants lay a wreath on the mass grave of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi buried at the memorial site.
In his presentation on Rwanda liberation struggle, colonel Rugambwa, the 402 brigade chief emphasized on the liberation targets namely rebuild the unity Rwandans, establish democracy, combating corruption, eliminating all causes of exile, etc and therefore urged the participants to play their role to protect what has been accomplished.
The guest of honor highlighted the fruits of good governance and encouraged the participants to rehabilitate our country, devastated by the Genocide against Tutsi. He told them to dissociate from any form of hatred and Genocide ideology and rather focus on projects aiming at developing the country.
At Nyanza campus, the activities started by laying a wreath on a pit which is inside the campus where Tutsis were thrown during the Genocide against the Tutsi.
Prof. Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu, the President of IBUKA, who was the guest of honor, encouraged the students to fetch energy from commemoration activities.
Though UNILAK was created in 1997, he joins Rwandans to commemorate the genocide perpetrated against Tutsi every year.