Kwibohora21: 21st anniversary of liberation of Rwanda celebrated in the Netherlands
This year, the 21st anniversary of liberation was held under the theme “Prosperity in the dignity”. Today the Embassy of Rwanda hosted the official Kwibohora21 commemoration at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel in The Hague. More than 250 guests, including officials of the Dutch Government, the Diplomatic Community, Friends of Rwanda, Rwandan nationals living in the Netherlands and many others, attended the event. Also, The Embassy on the 4th of July with the Kwibohora21 celebration held in The Hague, where Ambassador Jean Pierre KARABARANGA, and the Embassy team welcomed almost 200 members of the Rwandan Diaspora and friends of Rwanda in the Netherlands.
In his speech, Ambassador Jean Pierre KARABARANGA, remarked that Rwandans stand together on the 4th of July - Kwibohora21, as a people united, liberated and focused, as never before on attaining the future they want. “Now that the foundation has been laid firmly, there is a collective duty to keep propelling Rwanda forward”, said the Ambassador. He added that in the aftermath of the genocide, Rwandans made three important choices – to stay together, to be accountable and to think big, stressing that such decisions have been at the core of the country’s on-going efforts to overcome insurmountable challenges. He went on to underscore that, Kwibohora21 is an opportunity for Rwandans to share the Rwandan true story and learn about Rwanda’s vision for a peaceful, prosperous and self-reliant nation.
Commenting on the progress in Rwanda, he pointed out that, under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, Rwanda has made tremendous strides in all aspects, including Rwanda repeatedly ranked the safest, peaceful, cleanest and one of the most economically progressive country not just in Africa but in the world.
The Ambassador concluded his speech stressing that in Rwanda, the conviction to fight divisionism has not changed, and never will, adding that this conviction has allowed the Rwandan citizens to build a new country, one that delivers security, public services, and economic opportunity to all citizens. Ambassador KARABARANGA added that, “Rwanda still has long way to go but I am convinced that with Rwandan approach of owning up their challenges, there is no reason to fear the future”.
The program on both days included several Rwandan music and traditional dance performances, including a special performance by Masamba.
Celebration Liberation Day in the Netherlands
4 July 2015
Party centrum Zichtenburg
2544 EA Den Haag
18:00-18:30: Welcoming guests
18:30-18:35: Welcoming remarks by the MC
18:35-18:40: Rwandan National Anthem
18:40-19:00: First service and Music by the DJ
19:00-19:10: Speech by Diaspora chairman
19:10-19:30: Traditional dance
19:30-19:45: Ambassador’s speech
19:45-20:30: Performance by Masamba
20:30-21:30: Dinner + music by DJ
21:30-04:00: Party time (Masamba, King James, Traditional Dance and DJ’s music)
Rwandans celebrate 21 years of Transformation
Rwanda will today mark twenty one years since the Rwandan Patriotic Army stopped the Genocide against the Tutsi. The 21st anniversary of liberation, known in Kinyarwanda as Kwibohora21, will be marked by President Kagame meeting with residents of Gicumbi – one of the most historically significant region in the Liberation of Rwanda.
This year, liberation events and activities will take place across the country at the community level under the theme “Prosperity in the dignity”.
Kwibohora21 activities include the inauguration of projects built by the Rwanda Defense Forces in collaboration with various public institutions. The projects include a health post, six classrooms at Gishambashayo Primary School, construction of a modern market, supply of electricity and water to Gishambashayo School and Rubaya Health Centre in Rubaya District and the rehabilitation of 11 km Gatuna-Rubaya road.
During this year’s Army Week, Rwanda Defence Force also provided medical care to more than 10,000 people in medical services such as ophthalmology, dental Care, gynecology, pediatrics, voluntary counseling and testing as well as voluntary medical male circumcision at Rubaya, Rutare and Rushaki Health Centers.
Liberation Day is held every year on 4 July, marking the day the Rwandan Patriotic Army liberated Kigali leading to the end of the Genocide against the Tutsi. Kwibohora21 is an opportunity to share Rwanda’s liberation story, the journey of unity and reconciliation since 1994 and the country’s vision of shared prosperity.
To mark the 21st anniversary of liberation in Rwanda (Kwibohora21), a series of national development activities will take place across the country. The core activities will fall under the Rwanda Defence Force ‘Army Week’ and will be focused in Gicumbi District, a birthplace of the liberation movement. The main events will take place on 4 July, the date the Rwandan Patriotic Front liberated Kigali from the genocidal regime.
This year’s Kwibohora21 activities include the inauguration of a health post, six classrooms at Gishambashayo Primary School, construction of a modern market, supply of electricity and water to Gishambashayo School and Rubaya Health Centre in Rubaya District and the rehabilitation of 11 km Gatuna-Rubaya road.
Kwibohora21 will also include a ‘Medical Army Week’, which will take place at Rubaya, Rutare and Rushaki health centres. The services to be offered include general surgery, dental, ophthalmology, male circumcision and testing for HIV/AIDS. The Medical Army Week will also include a component of awareness raising about HIV/AIDS.
Additional liberation themed events and activities will be focused at the community level in villages across the country. On 4 July, Rwandans will come together to reflect on the values of the liberation struggle and how everyone can be part of the country’s development journey.
The Kwibohora21 website can be viewed at www.gov.rw/kwibohora and is the hub of information about this year’s liberation anniversary events. It will display event information, news stories as well as contributions from members of the public via social media platforms.