Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

17 December 2012

Rwanda: Kagame Lays the Foundation Stone On Liberation Museum

It was another chapter of history for Mulindi residents when President Paul Kagame yesterday returned to them to lay a foundation stone of the National Liberation Museum to be built in Gicumbi District, Northern Province.

Mulindi,a historic site which hosts a former bunker of President Kagame during the liberation war, served as the headquarters of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) from August 1992 to July 1994.

The event was also attended by the First Lady Janet Kagame, government officials, RPF members and locals who toured the bunker and the site where RPF members used to hold all meetings to liberate the country.

The Head of State, who led the liberation struggle, reminded Rwandans that place hosted many activities that have brought the country to the current progress that is the basis of the continuous struggle for socio-economic transformation.

He noted that discipline was the core value that characterized them to attain such achievements all over the struggle; the same discipline he urged all Rwandans to adopt in the continuous socio-economic liberation.

"The political discipline we based on to win the struggle should be the same to win the struggle of achieving the socio-economic transformation," he urged Gicumbi residents.

For the president, the Mulindi story and RPF is the origin of today's achievements and that that Rwandans should take advantage of this to go develop further.

"Today's event is all about reminding us where we came from, where we are, where we are going and what we must do to get there," he pointed noted.

The bunker is located near the Mulindi Tea Factory. One Nsengiyumva, who was a worker at the factory at the time, was very grateful to President Kagame for liberating them.

Nsengiyumva said that Ex-FAR abandoned them when the struggle started and that they found that Inkotanyi were very careful when them arrived; contrary to what they were expecting.

"We thought they were not human beings but when we met they reassured us, protected us, brought health care to our community and their doctors treated us and built a school for our children," he recalled.

According to Protais Mitali, the Minister of Culture and Sports, the Mulindi site will be the main headquarters of the Liberation Museum while there will be other sites in other parts of the country that played great role during the struggle.

"This museum will teach all of us about the liberation struggle and ensure it is never forgotten," he pointed out.

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