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MKUR emphasizes maintaining lasting cooperation with the Ministry of National Unity & Civic Engagement

Mount Kigali University ,held ceremony to mark Kwibuka28. Vice chancellor of MKUR, students and genocide survivors laid wreaths to the Kigali Memorial Site to honor the more than one million victims of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tusti.

MKUR has emphasized maintaining lasting cooperation together with the Ministry of National Unity & Civic Engagement in the 28th Commemoration of Genocide against the Tutsi, in a ceremony hosted by MKUR students and staff on 26th May 2022 at the GISOZI memorial site.

After paying respect to victims of genocide they held a closing ceremony at MKUR main hall.

Speaking during the event, the VC Prof. Edwin Odhuno said, ” the event that took place in 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi affected the whole world as testified by the testimonies, as we have heard from genocide survivors. That is why MKUR emphasizes maintaining lasting cooperation with MINUBUMWE. The university will continue in commemoration as a part of the prevention of the ideologies of hate and extremism to prevent genocide and hate crimes in Rwanda, Africa, and the whole world.”

The university also promised to do its best in building the country of Rwanda and fight against those who deny Genocide Against the Tutsi . It also expressed its commitment to strengthening collaboration with MINUBUMWE.

The Chief guest Mr. Eric from the Ministry of National Unity and Civic engagement (MINUBUMWE) led in lighting the, ‘light of hope candles’ said , “I am honoured to represent the ministry in MKU University commemoration ceremony.

In addition, he pointed out that lecturers, students, and other intellectuals took part in genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. He said there is a need to educate the new generation so that it does not happen again. He warned those trying to deny the Genocide Against Tutsi in 1994 never happened.

Mr. Eric said, ” These testimonies is a proof we have, and as a youth, especially you, the student of MKUR, and the whole staff, we encourage you to be the best of the best in preventing those who deny genocide and those preaching genocide ideology by becoming peacebuilders.”

The MINUBUMWE official concluded by stating that, every year that passes makes us stronger and better people. Let us remember, reunite and renew.

The ceremony was also graced by Marie Rose a survivor of Genocide, who narrated her testimony about what happened to her during 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Also present was the Kicukiro District Education Officer (DEO), Josue Niyomutabazi representative from GAERG, and Tuyishime Jean Christian representing AERG

They highlighted about ten (10) steps of genocide include: classification, symbolization, discrimination, dehumanization, organization, polarization, preparation, persecution, extermination, and denial. They reminded the students of the need to remember and keep it as culture by remember-unite-renew.

The event was attended by various students of MKUR, staff, and parents.

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