Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

25 May 2013

Rwanda: MTN Rwanda Donates Fr850,000 to Kigali Memorial Center

Employees of MTN Rwanda, the country's leading telecom company, last weekend visited Kigali Genocide Memorial Center to which they donated Frw 850,000.

Norman Munyampundu, MTN's senior customer operations manager who led the delegation, said that the group which visited the center is mainly from the customer operations department.

"The majority of the staff in the departments are youth and it is in this regard that we decided to visit this memorial center for them to see what happened during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis and to draw lessons from this tragic history which can help them to move the country forward socially and economically," Munyampundu said.

He noted that the amount of money contributed to the center will support the government's program of renovating and constructing new Genocide memorial centers around the country.

Munyampundu said that the visit will enable those who were present to go back to their respective areas of residence with a message of fighting against Genocide ideology and related crimes. He added that MTN Rwanda every year participates in Genocide Commemoration events where they offer assistance to vulnerable genocide survivors.

He lambasted the former regime for spreading hatred among Rwandans which led to the 1994 Genocide, saying that it is high time for all Rwandans to love one another and to fight against anything which can create divisionism among them.

"It is so unfortunate that we lost such very beautiful and important people in the Genocide," said MTN employee Higuitte Mutoni. "The lesson I have learnt from this visit is to always respect any person because no one is supposed to take away somebody's life."

She said that the youth as the leaders of tomorrow should be at forefront in advocating for peace, unity and reconciliation among Rwandans which she said would enable the country to achieve sustainable development.

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