05.04.2017 21:38 Age: 23 days
Ndi Umunyarwanda, the real step towards restoring unity after destruction
On Wednesday the 5th April 2017, the staff of the Ministry of Justice had a lecture on Ndi Umunyarwanda. The lecture was delivered by the Commissioner of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission Bishop Gashagaza Deogratias.
Before explaining Rwandan History which eventually led to Genocide against Tutsi, Commissioner Gashagaza screened a short documentary film showing the origins of Ndi Umunyarwanda program.
“Ndi Umunyarwanda is an important step towards restoring unity after destruction” He said. From the ancient history, Rwandans lived together, supported each other, had the same culture and they respected each other before colonialism. It means that they were unified as one Rwandan.
Commissioner Gashagaza explained that things started to change when colonialists came in Rwanda and realized that they cannot lead them with such a unity, they explored ways in which they can lead them and changed social classes into ethnic Groups. “Colonialists prepared that project so that they can lead us easily. The strongest step they took was not to develop Rwanda it was rather destroying it, by classifying citizens into groups showing them that they do not have the same origin and they are not equal. It is understandable that Rwandan identity was being attacked, underestimated, and Rwandans were divided according to that in order to be led easily”. Commissioner Gashagaza explained.
All of this destroyed our country due to first destroying Rwandan identity and loosing Rwandan values, therefore there had to be another initiative to bring back the value of a Rwandan. “Remember that the 1990 RPF war was one of the options aimed at continuing to restore Rwandan values, bring back Rwandans’ worth wherever they are. All of this was only possible after restoring unity of Rwandans. Hence there had to be one knot to tie Rwandans which is Ndi Umunyarwanda.” Commissioner Gashagaza emphasized.