Kagame pays tribute to Ugandans for their support in the liberation struggle

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Kagame pays tribute to Ugandans for their support in the liberation struggle

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has paid tribute to Ugandans and residents of Gicumbi district in the Northern part of the country, for their crucial role in facilitating former RPA rebels in the struggle to liberate Rwanda.

“We are grateful, as we have always been, for sacrifices made by people of Gicumbi people and across the border in Uganda.” “You guarded us, fed us and participated in the war to liberate Rwanda,” Kagame said.

The President was addressing residents of Gicumbi district in Northern Rwanda, during celebrations to mark 21st anniversary of liberation.

Kagame, who spent long in Mulindi, Gicumbi district which acted as the base of RPA rebels, said the area remains a strong bond to the government and RDF soldiers.

The President said that he cannot get enough to pay in return to Ugandans who facilitated his commanded rebels to win the war, but said a few have been done in recognition of their sacrifice.

“We renovated their (Ugandans) homes, gave them cows…nothing can match their sacrifice,” Kagame said.

Last month, Uganda’s President Museveni said he would ask Rwandan president to make contributions to Ugandans who lost their property during the 1990-1994 Rwanda liberation war.

In response, Kagame told thousands of Rwandans who gathered at Rubaya sector that, “It’s true. We recognize them.”

He mentioned one of elderly Ugandan woman who has been facilitated to get medical services, adding that “I am glad to meet (Elderly Ugandan) her here. We shall continue to facilitate and help Ugandans who lost properties.”

Rwanda government has spent over Rwf250m ($3.5 million) on supporting border families affected by RPF liberation war.

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