Rwanda is beautiful and the views! But the silence in this country reminds me of the silence I encountered in Singapore (peaceful silence). While Singapore lacks personality Rwanda has character and culture.
What can Kenya learn from Rwanda?
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In Kenya, more than 1100 people died during the 2007 post-election violence. According, to Kenya National Human Rights Commission, 37 people died during the post-election chaos witnessed between August 9 and 15 2017.
However, despite well-done reports and recommendations by different commissions, the reports have not been implemented. Nevertheless, Kenya can learn a few lessons from the Rwanda genocide that left the nation a different nation.
The first lesson is the importance of remembrance itself. Remembrance shapes the future and influences how we think and what we do. The exclusion of many of Kenya’s memories is likely to hinder reconciliation, justice, and democracy and undermine durable peace. In remembering, we should think about what we can do to prevent such heinous human rights violations from happening.
The second lesson is the danger of tribalism perpetuated by political leaders. It is important for citizens to resist hate fuelled politics where most leaders in Kenya appeal to people of their own tribes when they want support, leveraging tribes when they bargain for positions in government. Kenya and other African countries must counter-politics of ethnicity that promotes hate and violence.
Lastly, the importance of the citizens to stand for fellow citizens. It is only through the efforts of people coming together that human rights will continue to be protected.
Indeed, many other countries should take the lessons and progressively work on being one, bound by endearment, difficult a task as it might seem.
The 1994 Rwanda Genocide involving two tribes only? Surely Kenya has more than enough tribes… 42 (+)? Rwanda learned that they had to live with each other but it cost them badly! Rwanda still commemorates the the civil war and Genocide and I believe this aspect instills a sense of pain that they would not want to go back to and discipline and patriotism towards each other. I believe if a country does not forget where they have been, the probability that history will repeat itself is insignificant. In Kenya, bad things are swept under carpets, that is why I think Kenyans are yet to be pained enough to end tribalism and corruption.
President Kagame in the 90’s is known to have consulted with countries like Singapore on methods to achieve national development, and even came up with a Vision 2020 back in the day surely? Imagine Rwanda is a landlocked country but agriculture accounts for about 40% of the Gross Domestic Product! It makes me wonder why people die of hunger in the dry areas like Turkana.
President Paul Kagame’s administration has put a lot of effort on establishing tight security systems all over the country through police and a society that is disciplined in observing the law.
There is so much to learn from this wonderful country!
In 1994 Rwanda experience a genocide between Hutu and Tutsi, the cause of the genocide was the discrimination that was experience by Hutu. The Belgian viewed Tutsi as superior and they were given leadership positions and fertile lands while on the other hand Hutu were left behind. As a result of this favourism it led to genocide.