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28.02.2019 19:32 Category: MINALOC News


The comment was made today by the Minister of Local Government, Prof. Shyaka Anastase while delivering opening remarks at Rwanda Peace Building Seminar in Kigali, organised by Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) in collaboration with Japan’s JICA.

He elaborated how Rwanda initiated reconstruction process following 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis that claimed more than one million lives of people and left society devastated.

Minister Shyaka said: “Our journey is guided by three choices we made: Unity, Accountability to ourselves and our people; and Thinking big. Rwanda’s peace building initiatives are paying off and helping the country to grow towards sustainable development. This Seminar comes at an opportune time when we are marking 25 years after the Genocide, and indeed 25 years of peace building.”

“In the aftermath of the Genocide we faced a lot of challenges, but with the guidance of H.E President Paul Kagame we decided to go into deep consultations from within our society to forge a way forward for Rwanda.” Minister Shyaka added.

The purpose of the seminar was to share the impacts and lessons learnt from RDRC and JICA cooperation supporting ex-combatants and other people with disabilities in peace building in Rwanda; exchanging good practices and challenges on reconciliation in conflict-affected countries in Africa; and suggesting key issues how to effectively bring reconciliation in state building process for conflict-prone setting in Africa.

The outcomes of this seminar will be taken forward to the TICAD VII (the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development, Yokohama, August 2019), as contribution to discussions in the area of peace and stability.