Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

14 November 2012

Rwanda: Lawmakers Commend the Preparation of the Commemoration Week

The National Commission Against Genocide (CNLG) was yesterday commended by lawmakers for successfully and carefully preparing the 100-day genocide commemoration period.

The lawmakers, however, requested that more effort be invested in fighting the genocide ideology, which is still an issue, especially in some Rwandan communities living abroad.

"Some Rwandans living abroad still have a lot to learn about the today's re-dignified Rwanda. They still have those old dirty genocide ideologies. More collective efforts should be put in to fight their propaganda," said Francoise Mukayisenga, an MP during a meeting between CNLG and lawmakers of both chambers of parliament yesterday. CNLG was presenting a report including its achievements and accomplishments for the year ended June 30, 2012.

CNLG's executive secretary Jean De Dieu Mucyo said the commission has always put more efforts in preparing the commemoration week - which runs from April to July - as an act of paying tribute to the departed, and as a way of hope to the survivors.

"Now, the number of vulnerable genocide survivors has significantly reduced to 282,082 from over 700,000." He, however, said that 1,500 of those vulnerable genocide survivors do not have shelters. "We are doing all in our capacity to sort out the issue."

Mucyo however, told the MPs that the main challenge that his institution faces is an insufficient budget.

"For now, we have debts worth Rwf 114 million because we do not have money. Our budget has never been enough."

But his worries were answered by the speaker of parliament, chamber of deputies Rose Mukantabana, who said since the MPs vote for the budget, this issue will be discussed beforehand, so that CNLG is given an appropriate funding.

"But all depends on the country's resources. We will do all we can to make sure that your priorities are all taken into consideration," she said.

MP Amiel Ngabo advised the commission to look for particular programs like cooperatives, capacity building programs in order to give a chance to the vulnerable survivors to improve significantly their living standards.

"The more they remain in bad conditions; the more they are reminded of what was taken from them. We have to do all we can in order to make sure that they live comfortably, and for them to know that even though they have been deprived of their loved ones, they still have fellow country mates who care about their welfare."

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