By Elias Hakizimana
Members of the Unity Club ‘Intwararumuri’ have committed to enhancing efforts in building the country which sustains the achievements in unity and reconciliation as well as promotes good relationships among Rwandans.
While opening the 10th Unity Club forum — a two-day conference scheduled from October 26-27, 2017 in Kigali, the First Lady of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame also welcomed 18 new members to the Club, and advised them to be courageous and committed for the transformation battle for a brighter future of Rwandans.
She said the Club will see the achievements and concentrate efforts to support the government’s 7-year programme through its seven year strategy.
The 10th forum is being held under the theme, “The uniqueness of Rwanda as we have Clchosen.”
The First Lady called members of the Unity Club to take uniqueness as serious as possible and take responsibilities intended to protect the country from anything that can make it go back in shadow.
Last year, the Club committed to implement performance of contracts among which the celebration of protectors of friendship pact known in Kinyarwanda as ‘Abarinzi b’igihango’; and to maintain ‘Ndi Umunyarwanda’ initiative intended to foster unity and identity of Rwandans a one and united people, among others.
This is true, if you look at the journey we made and our history, from there we got unity; and uniqueness which builds Rwanda. Do not fear the light is not heavy! It is the light everybody carries on heart everywhere we go, and it attracts whoever looking at you to join this battle,” said First Lady.
The Unity Club has initiated achievements and ideas in building good relationships among Rwandans by showing the root-cause which destroyed the country so as to put in place strong measures to prevent its recurrence.
The First Lady said that unity and reconciliation in which ladies contributed gives efforts in building good citizenship as Rwandans.
“Today, we wish to come back on our responsibilities in our current leadership which are in line with the National Strategy for Transformation. How do we approach the uniqueness light in our current leadership?
According to Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, the first Vice-President of Unity Club ‘Intwararumuri,’ the club’s seven-year strategies will strengthen the ongoing building of Rwandans’ cohesion, building the school for leadership and governance as well as new supporting ideas to attain the country’s socio-economic development.
The success will base on the achievements of the club during 21 years ago since its inception, including dialogues on special problems facing the community in order to advocate for solutions through partnership with other concerned government’s entities.
The advocacy gives priority to vulnerable categories of Rwandans such as orphans and widows who faced the aftermath of the bad history of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in 1994.
Nsanzabaganwa said that the club will achieve all of its responsibilities without replacing other entities in charge, but will complement each other.
Unity club is an association of current and former cabinet ministers and their spouses; and it is not only formed of ladies but also has men who started with it since it was incepted.
The club has managed to construct 20 houses for orphans who grew up in Noel and Nyundo orphanage centres; and advocated for the construction of 90 houses for Genocide survivors in Nyamagabe District.
It also has in plan to build another house in Rusizi District that will be able to accommodate 50 elderly Genocide survivors by next year.