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06.05.2017 00:00 Category: MINALOC News


From L to R: Dr Nsanzabaganwa Monique (Unity Club), Minister Kaboneka (MINALOC), Mgr Mbonyintege Smaragde of Kabgayi and Nizeyimana Innocent (Researcher)

May 4, 2017

The Minister of Local Government, Hon Kaboneka Francis met, yesterday, the entire clergy operating in Kabgayi Catholic Diocese and he briefed participants on “Ndi Umunyarwanda” program.

The two days retreat took place on the request by the Bishop of Kabgayi Catholic Diocese, Bishop Smaragde Mbonyintege and was organized jointly with the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission.

The retreat took place on 04th -05th May 2017 at Centre Saint Andre in Kabgayi. It was chaired by Mgr Mbonyintege Smaragde, Bishop of Kabgayi. There were two hundred fourty eight participants including all priests, brothers and sisters operating in the diocese.

Participants discussed on the history of Rwanda; Ndi Umunyarwanda; the role of the clergy in promoting unity, reconciliation and peace; the role of religion in shaping the Rwandan spirit we want and; clergy and politics in Rwanda.

Minister Kaboneka Francis was invited to give a presentation and to discuss about “Ndi Umunyarwanda” program.

The presentation focused on the unity and patriotism that characterized Rwandans before the colonial era. It also focused on how colonialists destroyed the backbone of Rwandans, that is; their moral values, cultural heritage, education, economic and governance systems and, their social apparatus. Some clergy people condoned the colonialists’ divisive ideology and participated in the genocide against Tutsi (e.g Fr Rukundo Emmanuel, Fr Athanase Seromba etc) but also, some others, protected and saved the lives of those who were hunted and targeted (e.g Fr Ananias Rugasira in Ndera, Fr Mario Falconi in Muhura) and some lost their lives.

The presentation highlighted how “Ubunyarwanda” was, at a certain time, superseded by ethnicity HUTU-TUTSI-TWA and the Catholic Church was not a heaven place out of it.

“Time has come for all Rwandans to revisit their history in order to regain their true identity “Ubunyarwanda” above all and, being a good clergy person and a good Christian is also being a good and true Rwandan”, Minister Kaboneka said.

Kabgayi Catholic Diocese was the first to organize “Ndi Umunyarwanda” sessions, and Minister Kaboneka commended both the leadership and participants for openness and their positive role in rebuilding Rwanda.

Participants resolved to embrace and to own “Ndi Umunyarwanda” program. They committed to popularize it as part of unity and reconciliation process, with the aim of shaping good Christians.