7 December 2012

Rwanda: Tributes for Fallen Minister

Photo: New Times
The late Minister of Gender and Family, Aloisea Inyumba (file photo).

RWANDANS from all walks of life are mourning the death of the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion in the Prime Minister's Office, Aloisea Inyumba, who passed away yesterday morning.

Several people The New Times interviewed described the late Inyumba, 48, as a patriot, a revolutionary and a role model.

Jean d'Amour Mbonyinshuti talked to a cross section of people...

MP Connie Bwiza

I first met the deceased in 1987. She was someone approachable and social. Her death has saddened me. There is a song we used to sing together called Tuzarwubaka (We shall build Rwanda).

Her patriotism was genuine and she believed in positive values. She was a woman with passion, a full time RPF cadre who strived to spread its ideology from the beginning so that Rwandans could understand it. She was a confident, convincing and an influential leader.

It is sad news. We are sad; she was a woman of integrity and dignity.

Protais Musoni, the Minister for Cabinet Affairs,

She was a patriotic and focused revolutionist. I first met her in 1986. She was a hardworking woman of integrity. She established several projects which contributed to the development of the country, and she used her energy to serve the country.

Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Vice Governor, central bank

We have lost a true heroine. People have been learning a lot from her, especially women. She has been an exemplary leader.

She performed well when she was head of the former Kigali Ngali province and when she was gender minister.

Fabiola Umutoni, a resident in Kicukiro district

I interacted with her when she was the minister of gender, family and social affairs. I was still young but I liked her inspiring speeches, full of words of wisdom, and she used to talk about gender equality.

I liked the way she treated all people without any kind of segregation.

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