The Rwandan community in Uganda is on a fundraising campaign to rise finances to enable the construction of a genocide museum in the Central district of Mpigi, about 37 kilometers west of Uganda Capital Kampala.
The Campaign is in line with the annual genocide commemorations in which the nation reflects on a civil strife that claimed an estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans in 1994.
The series of event and activities launched this week are expected to rise money for the laying of the foundation stone for the museum, under the stewardship of the Rwandan Embassy in Uganda. The campaign is also expected to attract Rwandans living in Ethiopia and Arusha, Tanzania.
“This is an idea that was generated amongst ourselves – to make a humble contribution in preserving the memory of victims of the 1994 Genocide,” said Gashegu Muramira, one of the fundraisers.
The museum will be constructed in Ggolo memorial site in Mpigi district which is not only home to the largest number victims of the Rwanda genocide, but is also more accessible compared to the other memorial sites.
Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda Frank Mugambage said that Genocide denial has been changing in different forms over time, and that the situation therefore calls for the maintenance of memorial sites to reawaken the ‘Never Again’ campaign.
“Genocide ideology should be relentlessly fought because those who perpetuated the Genocide against the Tutsi and their sympathizers have continued to deny it and distort the truth about what happened,” Mugambage said.
Meanwhile, Rwandans in Arusha Tanzania are expected to on April 7, lay a wreath on a monument built within the East African Community (EAC) secretariat in memory of the victims.