The New Times (Kigali)

17 December 2012

Rwanda: RPF Celebrations Enter High Gear

Photo: T. Kisambira
Rwandan President Paul Kagame (file photo).

With just three days to the D-day, preparations for the December 20 celebrations to mark RPF's silver jubilee have gained momentum.

RPF - Rwanda Patriotic Front is the county's ruling party that was established in 1987 and came to power after defeating the Genocidal regime in 1994.

Various activities have been organised within Rwanda as well as different cities across the world. From Washington to Belgium, Kimironko to Rusizi, events have been held to mark the 25 years of the party's existence.

Over the weekend, in Kigali, a regional football tournament, a mega concert and a trade fair were among the prominent activities in honour of RPF.

During a recent news briefing, the RPF vice chairman Christophe Bazivamo, emphasised that beyond the festivities, there should also be time for reflection.

"We have come a long way and have achieved a lot. But as we celebrate, we are aware of the fact that all Rwandans have a right to prosperity and that is why we have put in place several initiatives to uplift our people from poverty," Bazivamo said.

"The anniversary will not be limited to festivities but will also be a moment for party members to reflect on the country's future."

The party has succeeded in implementing an all-inclusive doctrine and has largely been shaped by a struggle of fostering the unity of Rwandans, restoring democratic values and putting the country on a path to socio- economic transformation.

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