Kigali, 29 March 2014

President Kagame today joined residents of Nyamirambo, Nyarugenge District in the city of Kigali for Global Umuganda, part of ongoing activities in line with commemorating 20 years since genocide occurred in Rwanda. The activity which was also attended by various diplomats and dignitaries, involved laying the foundation of a community hall for a genocide survivors’ village.

President Kagame told Rwandans not to work to become other people but endeavor to know who they are as they proudly work to build their nation:

“We are not working to become other people, we know who we are and we are working to build a country that we are proud of. We must work hard because if we wait for others to develop our country, we will not make progress. Any external help must only come as an addition to our own efforts to better ourselves. We are prepared and determined to continue on the path we are on to develop our nation.”

President Kagame pointed out that Umuganda is about development and rebuilding what was destroyed by Rwanda’s tragic history and bringing people together. Residents of Nyamirambo thanked President Kagame for leading the forces responsible for ending the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, and that they were looking up to the upcoming 20th genocide commemoration.