Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda: RPF Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Today Rwandans all over the world join members of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) - Inkotanyi, to celebrate 25 years of the ruling party's existence. The party has been the engine of the government for the last 18 years.

High dignatories such as the President of the Republic Paul Kagame, who is also the chairman of the party, party members in various positions, member ordinary citizens and political parties of revolutionary fighters from other countries are expected to attend the event at National Stadium Amahoro in Remera.

According to Christophe Bazivamo, the vice chairman of the RPF, the celebration is very meaningful in a sense that it's another time to look back to the reason of being of the party and move ahead for a bright future of all Rwandans.

"Celebrating the 25th RPF anniversary is to think about how far we are in achieving RPF principals among them, building unity, peace, security, fight against corruption, doing business and sustainable development for our people," he told The Rwanda Focus.

In this context, the RPF vice chairman noted that it's also a time to remember RPF sons and daughters who lost their lives struggling to attain the successes Rwandans have achieved today, evoking among others the recent case of Aloisea Inyumba, the minister of gender and family promotion, and RPF commissioner, who passed away a few days ago.

The RPF-Inkotanyi was formed in 1987 by refugee Rwandans who had been denied rights to live in their country since 1959. It was formed with the objective of fighting bad governance that characterized Rwanda's history and to solve all the problems that resulted.

The party's armed force - the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) started the liberation struggle on October 1, 1990. The struggle lasted for four years and officially took the control of the whole country on July 18, 1994 after that the RPA led by President Kagame had stopped the genocide against Tutsi.

Since then, a transitional government that governed the country until 2003 was established until the first democratic elections were held. This was won by the RPF, with majority seats in the parliament and the presidency of the first seven-year mandate. The same victory was repeated in 2010 where President Kagame is serving the second seven-year in presidency office under the leadership of RPF.

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