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Genocide ‘Never Again,’ Tanzania’s Magufuli Says

President John Magufuli and his host, President Paul Kagame, light a flame in Kigali yesterday to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Rwanda’s president Kagame with Tanzania’s Magufuli lighting a memorial flame yesterday.

President John Magufuli yesterday joined his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame and Rwandans to commemorate the 1994 genocide where he stressed that the deliberate killing of people from other groups should never be allowed to recur.

The President, who was on his first foreign trip since he assumed Tanzania’s highest office last October, joined President Kagame in laying a wreath and lighting the Memorial Flame.

Later, the President and his wife Janet joined Mr Kagame, Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame, and thousands of Rwandans in the ‘Walk to Remember’.

Looking on are First Lady Jeannette Kagame and Tanzania’s First Lady Janeth Magufuli during 22nd Kwibuka in Rwanda yesterday.

Dr Magufuli reasoned that although the past can’t be changed but Rwandans stood the chance to decide how their future should be.

“It (genocide) shouldn’t occur again. We can’t change the past but we can determine our present and future. There should never be genocide again,” stressed President Magufuli at the genocide memorial at Gisozi in Kigali.

President Magufuli, who was on a two-day working visit to Rwanda, was briefed on the history of the genocide which occurred in 1994.

Led by his host, President Magufuli also toured the museum that stores genocide memories including pictures and human skulls.’

The world yesterday joined Rwandans to remember those who lost their lives in the genocide in which nearly a million people were killed in approximately 100 days from April 7 to mid-July 1994.

President Magufuli was scheduled to return to Dar es Salaam yesterday evening after completing his two-day tour of Rwanda.

On Wednesday, Dr Magufuli and Mr Kagame inaugurated the Rusumo one-stop-border post and the unity bridge on the border between their two countries.

Speaking during the ceremony to launch the Sh60 billion worth Rusumo international bridge and the one-stop-border post, Dr Magufuli said the two facilities would ease the flow of goods and trade between the two countries and the East African region in general.

The new bridge will make it possible for trucks weighing up to 180 tonnes to cross. The old bridge constructed in 1972 had the capacity of carrying up to 80 tonnes only. The new structure has been funded by the Japanese government.

The two leaders pledged to strengthen the two countries’ relations to enable their citizens to work together for shared benefits and development.

By Robert muriisa.

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- 13/04/2016 saa 22:38

Rwanda is best among the developing countries coz it has made that it can bring peace in the country &get what happened,long live president Pau.l Kagame

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