Rwanda’s Liberation Day: Celebrating Post-Genocidal Changes


It is glaring that 22 years after the Rwandan genocide, the nation has transformed for the better.

Yesterday marks the 22nd anniversary of Rwanda’s Liberation Day.

From good governance, to improving economy, to women empowerment, to conservative environmental policies, Rwanda has every reason to happily celebrate this year’s Rwanda’s Liberation Day.

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On 4th July 1994, Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) which is now the ruling party successfully deposed the genocidal government. The war lasted from 4-16 July 1994. The RPA took over Kigali and put an end to the extermination of the Tutsis  by Hutu extremists

57-year-old Consolate Mukampabuka runs a family supermarket in Remera suburb, Kigali.

“I would need the whole day to talk about what we have achieved in the last 22 years. Our leadership has given dignity to women. Our husbands and brothers no longer have to decide alone; we have to decide together.” -Mukampabuka

According to Mukampabuka, before now the woman were not allowed by banks to withdraw more than Rwf3,000 from their own accounts. Their husbands would have to be there present before such could happen. Now it is totally different scenario.

During Rwanda’s Liberation Day celebration yesterday, President Paul Kagame recognized how far they have come and how far they still need to go as a nation.

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“Reaching standards in which people live and feel it like a miracle is not okay. As we fight poverty, people should know it’s government’s obligation to provide these amenities; electricity, education, health facilities etc. It is another milestone of liberation we want to make, reached by everyone while outcomes are availed to all.”

“Rwanda has walked 22 years after the liberation struggle. There is still more to achieve. As we remember our achievements, we must remember our tasks and seek to address challenges in the liberation journey.”

Rwanda is one of the most stable African economies at the moment. It’s capital Kigali has been acclaimed to be the cleanest African city capital.