Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda Pays Tribute to Heroes

Under the theme "Heroism is the Foundation of Dignity and Development," Rwanda has marked Heroes' Day for the 19th time.

The day was marked through gatherings and discussions held at the village level, which aimed at explaining to the grass-roots communities what heroism means, who is a hero and what they should they do to preserve different Rwandans regarded as heroes' legacy.

Through his twitter account, the President of the Republic Paul Kagame said that, on this Day, Rwandans remember their heroes who sacrificed themselves for the country. "We remember and honour our Heroes who laid down their lives so that today Rwandans can enjoy liberty and lead dignified lives," Kagame wrote.

According to the executive secretary of the Chancellery for Heroes and National Orders and Decorations of Honour, Kamali Karegesa, said that the commission is working on identifying more national heroes to be added in the list. "We are still working on research and gathering enough evidence; once we are done, we will proceed to making the heroes known."

The heroes are divided into three categories: Imanzi, Imena and Ingenzi. They include' Fred Gisa Rwigema and the 'Unknown soldier' (representing all the soldiers who died during the liberation struggle) of the first category (Imanzi) who are recognized for the sacrifice they made during Rwanda's liberation struggle from 1990-1994. Others are King Mutara lll Rudahigwa, Michel Rwagasana, Felicite Niyitegeka, Agathe Uwiringiyimana and the Nyange students who are both in the second category (IMENA).

The day was also marked by the laying of wreaths by President Kagame, top government officials and family members of the heroes, at the Heroes Mausoleum located near Amahoro Stadium in Kigali.

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