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Rwandans Living Abroad pledge to support the Liberation Museum Park


Kigali, 23 December 2016 – Rwandans living abroad have pledged to support and advocate for the National Liberation Museum Park, so that the story of the Rwandan liberation struggle can be told and taught to the generations to come. Members of the Rwandan diaspora revealed this during a field visit to the National Liberation Museum Park, located In the Northern Province of Gicumbi district.

The visit was organised by the Rwanda Diaspora Global Network (RDGN), the Umbrella under which Rwandan Communities Abroad are coordinated, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

The National Liberation Museum Park tells the story of the Rwandan Liberation struggle that brought an end to the Genocide against Tutsi. This struggle was initiated by the political wing known as the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), led by its military wing, Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), from 1st October 1990 to 4th July 1994. The museum illustrates sequence of events before, during, and after the struggle through visuals that include texts and artefacts.

Members of the Rwandan diaspora visited the bunker which protected the then Chairman of High Command, now President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E Paul Kagame. They also toured other places and rooms that played a key role during the liberation such as the house that served as a place to prepare for the Arusha Agreement. The diaspora had an opportunity to see where Radio Muhabura operated. The Radio used by the RPF and RPA served for mobilisation, likeminded events as well as initiatives. Diaspora visitors were fascinated by the longstanding bunker that sheltered H.E Paul Kagame along other officials’ bunkers.

Speaking to the Media Catherine Muhimpundu, who lives in South Africa, appreciated the visit and commended the leadership of Rwanda for setting up the National Liberation Museum Park. ‘’The story of the Rwandan liberation struggle is a story that we all need to know so as our children and generations to come. As the Rwandan Diaspora we fully support the museum and the work they are doing to tell the liberation struggle history; and we have pledged to give our contribution so they can continue doing so.’’ said Muhimpundu.

Speaking about the visit, Murenzi Daniel the coordinator of RDGN, told the press that the visit aims at allowing any Rwandan living abroad to have an opportunity to come in Rwanda and witness the country's journey towards progress and development and be able to contribute in return. ‘’We all want to be part of our country’s development’’, he added.

Before heading to ‘’Umulindi w’Intwali’’, Rwandan diaspora delegation visited the Special Economic Zone in Kigali. The Rwanda Special Economic Zones (SEZs) is a programme within the Rwanda Development Board that is designed to address domestic private sector constraints such as; availability of industrial and commercial land, availability and the cost of energy, limited transport linkages, market access and availability of skills.

Members of Rwandan diaspora wished to have first-hand information about investment opportunities and get to know the reason why Rwanda attracts investors.  They visited Azania; a company that is involved in the grain milling business and a pharmaceutical company owned by a Rwandan who used to live abroad but has now returned back home.

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