Kigali, 17 December 2012
Today at Mulindi, President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame launched the construction of the National Liberation Struggle. Set at the site of the Rwandan Patriotic Front headquarters from August 1992 to July 1994, the National Liberation Struggle will be dedicated to telling the story of Rwanda’s struggle for liberation and its role in today’s Rwanda. President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame took the time to tour the former headquarter, pointing to various historic places including President Kagame’s bunker during the liberation struggle.
Following the unveiling of the foundation stone of the National Liberation Museum, President Kagame addressed the residents of Umulindi.
“We are here today because we must share this story with younger generations. We must know where we come from to know where we are going and what we need to do to get there. Today, it is your responsibility to work hard to ensure the seed sown by the liberation struggle continues to lead to benefits for all Rwandans.”
A resident of the area shared the story of his first encounter with the Rwandan Patriotic Front. “We used to think they had tails and were not like other human beings,” Nsengiyumva Isaie began. “But when we met they reassured us, protected us and provided for our community. They built our first school and their doctor treated us and our families,” he reminisced.
President Kagame concluded by thanking the residents of Mulindi and the surrounding area.
“I am happy to be here with you as we celebrate our history. I am confident that building on our history, we will accomplish even more in the coming years.”
Founded with the objective of fighting the injustice and discrimination that had characterised Rwanda for decades, RPF-Inkotanyi began the liberation struggle twenty five years ago. Since its founding, RPF-INKOTANYI has been dedicated to building a dignified nation defined by equality, democracy, peace and prosperity for all Rwandans.