31 May 2012

Rwanda: Refugees Praise 'Come and See, Go and Tell' Program

Nine (9) Rwandans from Cyaka II Refugee camp in Uganda visited developmental projects in Eastern province of Rwanda and told how the levels of administration work several years after the 1994 genocide against Tutsi up to today.

They were explained on people's participation in putting on the administrative levels and the way the leaders work with local people to develop Rwanda.

Some of these refugees say that they have spent more than 18 years without coming to Rwanda and they just hear about Rwanda through radios or people who come from Rwanda they get to meet.

These Rwandan refugees are visiting Rwanda in "Come and See, Go and Tell" program which is meant to invite Rwanda who still live in other countries living as refugees to come and see how far Rwanda has gone in development and then tell their fellows instead of hearing the rumours said about Rwanda by malicious people who are after their selfish reasons.

These Rwandans visited Rukara sector in Kayonza district where Desire Ndimbati the agronomist of the sector explained to them how administrative levels work and he explained to them about programs that were put there by the government to boost the development of local people like 'Girinka Munyarwanda' and 'Ubudehe'.

They said that they were pleased by the fact that they came to their mother country and the development they found in Rwanda yet they left it in destruction as one of them who was in Rukara sector explained.

What most of them said is that they are going to say and explain exactly what they saw in Rwanda to their fellows especially where Rwanda has reached in development. They thanked the government of Rwanda for initiating "Come and See, Go and Tell" program which make people know exactly the truth about what is happening in Rwanda which is contrary to the rumours they heard.

About the author

Gahiji Innocent is the chief political colunist for Newsofrwanda.He grew up in Kampala,Uganda before moving to Rwanda.His column is syndicated to newspapers around the country. He has written columns from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel and South Africa. Gahiji , who has a B.A. degree in English from the University of Illinois, has been a Poynter Media Fellow at Yale University,

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