News of Rwanda (Kigali)

Rwanda: Nation to Celebrate Independence and Liberation Day

Rwanda will this year celebrate the 50th golden jubilee of independence (01/07/1962-01/07/2012) and the 18th anniversary of Rwanda's liberation (04/07/1994-04/07/2012).

According to government sources, this year's celebrations will be special and unusual as both anniversaries will be coincided and celebrated on the same date; 01/07/2012.

Both the independence and the liberation anniversaries are occasions that gear Rwandese minds towards endless freedom, and shape the importance of remembering Rwanda's history, both bad and good.

Should be noted that the colonial policies were merely grafted onto a foundation that already contained a potential for conflict. In the mid 1950's, political demands in Rwanda were formulated in ethnic terms.

March 24th, 1957, Grégoire Kayibanda, with the help of Catholic Bishop Perrudin penned the famous Bahutu manifesto, in which, for the first time a political problem was explained in racial terms, demanding the emancipation of Bahutu and a racial quota system in education and employment.

Under Belgian colonial administration connivance, the first massacres of Tutsis by Parmehutu party loyalists occurred in 1959 forcing many Tutsi elite families to free their country to neighboring countries, a midst confusion and wide spread violence, with direct Belgian colonial administration support, Parmehutu abolished the monarchy and declared a republic in 1961-even before independence.

On July 1st, 1962 Rwanda was granted formal political independence and after all the miserable life that Rwandans lived while in exile and others in Rwanda, we here by cerebrate the anarchy of peace, freedom and liberty looking forward for total reconciliation and endless democracy.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of independence and the 18th liberation day, the Ministry of Local Government through its main mission of Promoting the well-being of the population by good governance has wished all citizens of Rwanda to be earning 150.000 US Dollars by 2020 the vision of Rwanda to the self sustained economy.

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