Business community urged to fight genocide ideology

The Minister of Trade and Industry, François Kanimba, flanked by the chairman of PSF, Benjamin Gasamagera, lights a Flame of Remembrance. (photos PSF/Twitter)

Members of the private sector have been encouraged to be at the forefront in the fight against genocide ideology as this will play a critical role in further rebuilding the country.

The call was made by the Minister of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) François Kanimba on Friday while addressing thousands of members of the business community during a vigil held at Private Sector Federation (PSF) expo grounds in Gikondo.

The commemoration event was organized by PSF as part of the 22nd commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis.

“Commemorating the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis is one of the best ways to fight against genocide ideology and denial because it’s through such occasions that Rwandans get more insights in our country’s history experienced under the former regimes, and how best we can forge a better future,” Kanimba said.

He asked the participants to avoid any kind of racial discrimination but to instead work together and help each other as Rwandans in all aspects of life, adding that it’s imperative for them to work hard to improve their social and economic welfare through fighting poverty.

The Minister of Local Government, Francis Kaboneka, also addressed the gathering.

“In 1994, the whole country was covered by blood and dead bodies of the innocent people who were killed by the Habyarimana regime and no one knew that Rwandans would once again live together. But due to the good governance we have today, which stopped the genocide and reunited Rwandans, the citizens not only live in harmony but work as one people to develop their nation,” Kaboneka remarked.

The Chairman of PSF, Benjamin Gasamagera, said that before 1994, there were only five major hotels in the entire country, but after only 22 years, Kigali city alone now has over 26 modern hotels, which clearly indicates that the country is on the right track when it comes to growth and development.

“You know that the former government mobilized and used the members of the business community to participate in the genocide and destruction of the economy, and it’s in this regard that I urge you to know that we have a major task of being at the forefront in rebuilding our country through different government development programs,” Gasamagera said.

He noted that Rwandans have hopes of living in harmony and that the country is on the right direction, giving the example of the World Bank’s Doing Business reports that have continued to rank Rwanda as one of the best performing countries in the world regarding the business environment.

PSF members paid tribute to members of the former Chamber of Commerce and Industry who lost their lives during the 1994 Genocide.

Earlier in the day, they held a Walk To Remember from Merez petrol station in Muhima sector to Gisozi Genocide memorial center where they laid wreaths on the graves of the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis and observed a moment of silence in tribute.