11.02.2017 15:52 Age: 102 days
“Every Rwandan is requested to follow Nyange Students example with regards to Unity”–Minister Busingye Johnston
On Friday 10th February 2017, The staff of Ministry of Justice led by the Minister of Justice/Attorney General visited Nyange Secondary School where some former Nyange School students classified under Imena category killed during 18th March 1997 infiltrators’ attack to the school are rested. ESI Nyange 5th and 6th Years students were attacked by Infiltrators and were requested to separate themselves according to ethnic groups ( Hutu and Tutsi) and the former refused to do so rather kept their Rwandan identity which caused seven of them to be killed and many others got serious injuries.
The visit which took place in Nyange Secondary School located in Ngororero District Western Province aimed at increasing MINIJUST staff knowledge about tragic history that Nyange School went through and to honour Nyange Heroes. Tom Ndahiro one of the Chancellery of Heroes, National Orders and Decorations of Honour Board members (CHENO) attended the event, current ESI Nyange students, Students from nearby schools as well as citizens from Nyange Sector and neighbouring sectors were also present.
While addressing the audience, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Busingye Johnston revealed that “Ndi Umunyarwanda” program was started by former Nyange School students who are categorized as Imena and requested the participants to step in their shoes. “We must think more about Nyange students heroism. During the night in which they were attacked by infiltrators and requested them to separate themselves and one of them said that there was neither Hutu nor Tutsi rather Rwandans, “Ndi Umunyarwanda” program was not yet thought about as it is today. You former Nyange school students, if we can turn back the clock, you are the pioneers of Ndi Umunyarwanda Program. It was not initiated later as you are its pioneers”. Minister Busingye emphasized.
He further requested Rwandans to try and fill in former Nyange school students with regards to unity. “Every Rwandan is requested to follow Nyange Students example with regards to Unity because it is our heritage and our natural resource as Rwandans” Minister highlighted.
Minister Busingye and other leaders took the opportunity to blame the Priest Seromba Athanase who was leading Nyange Parish back then for his barbaric activities. He ordered Interahamwe to destroy the church on thousands of Tutsi refugees who were inside in order to kill them and now he fled abroad and changed his Nationality.
Students from Nyange Secondary School thank the Ministry of Justice for the visit as it builds their future hope. Nyange Secondary school started in 1988 and currently it is planned that a memorial house will be built to preserve the history behind Nyange school heroes.