Liberation Day is an Opportunity to Celebrate the Resilience of Rwandans- Amb. Kimonyo

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By William Buningwire

Amb. James Kimonyo chats with his US counterpart Amb. Robert Godec

About 1200 Rwandans and friends of Rwanda gathered at Kenyatta Convention Centre in Nairobi to mark the 23rd Anniversary of Liberation.

“Liberation day is an opportunity to celebrate the resilience of Rwandan people” said James Kimonyo, the Rwanda high commission in Kenya.

“We are gathered here today to honor and salute in a very special way the brave men and women of the Rwanda patriotic front (R P F) who fought in the struggle for freedom and dignity and those who gave their lives to protect innocent civilians and defend the country from total destruction. Its also an opportunity for us to celebrate the resilience of the Rwandan people.” Kimonyo added.

The Liberation Struggle was sparked by decades of divisive politics, abuse of fundamental human rights, greed and mass killings perpetuated by colonial administration and post-independence regimes.

In respect of soldiers of Rwanda patriotic force (Inkotanyi) under the command and leadership of President Paul Kagame that stopped the genocide. We celebrate visionary leadership that has led our country to become a strong and successful state. We celebrate all of you our friends and allies who have supported us throughout this exciting journey and Yes We celebrate our tremendous achievements that have attracted global attention”. Kimonyo said

Senator Naisula Lesuuda in Kenya Parliament was the chief guest on this occasion. He praised and thanked Rwandans and their leadership.

“The past 23 years Kenya recognizes the fact that Rwanda’s transformational leadership and resolute political will has been at the center of the transformed governance and social-economic fabric of the Rwandan society”.

“We note with deep satisfaction that Rwanda has remained steadfast in its endeavor to enhanced national building and development through various fields including: strengthening of national institutions, consolidating peace and security, cultivating national unity, spearheading women empowerment and gender equality and transforming the economic trajectory of the country through vision 2020 agenda”

The progress registered so far may not have been realized without the resilience of the people of Rwanda to whom we pay special tribute today for believing in true liberation of their motherland and relentlessly working for this cause”. Naisula noted

The event to mark 23rd Liberation Anniversary in Nairobi was attended by various guests that included Kenyan government officials, diplomatic corps and Rwandans living in Nairobi.

It was characterized by traditional dance and performance by a renowned popular singer Kisumu Kibido locked the function by his music.






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