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Slashing the road was the first earning job Mr. Tito Rutaremara did. Below is whatever you probably never knew about the life of Mr. Tito Rutaremara

Tito Rutaremara was born in 1944. He is currently a senator in the parliament of Rwanda. He is one of the fore founders of RPF that went on to become its Secretary General. One of his life’s lowest moments was the untimely death of his comrade Mj. Gen Fred Rwigema.

Senator Tito Rutaremara is considered as one of the key pillars of Rwanda’s politics. In an exclusive interview with Celeb’s Magazine, Mr. Rutaremara intimated to us that most of his life has been spent doing politics. This 70 year old senior citizen says that one of his greatest challenges in life was acquiring education. His first earning job was digging the road at the time he was in a refuge camp in Uganda.

In a Long exclusive interview he carried out with Celeb’s Magazine, he shared with us some of his life’s journey in his peasantry life, in Politics, through out his education up to date.

Q: let’s begin by introducing ourselves.
A: I am Tito Rutaremara, a senator in the parliament of the Republic of Rwanda. I was born in 1944 in Kiziguro, Gatsibo district in Eastern province. I attended my lower primary school in Kiziguro and did my Primary six leaving Exams in Ruhengeri in a place called Nemba. From there, I attended a seminary at Rwesero for 2 years. I then went ahead to study at St. André for a year and a half before going into exile in Uganda.

While in Uganda, I started looking for a school and also started teaching young children in Uganda. I went to IPN, a teaching school where i acquired a study scholarship in France and went on to acquire a diploma, degree and a Doctorate. I completed my education in 1986 and went back home in 1987.

I was a member of RANU where I participated in developing strategies to enable it penetrate the women, the youth and all kinds of people at different levels. I was tasked with enabling this goal come to pass and I did this for a period of seven months, we were only four individuals by then. In December 1987, RANU was dissolved and remodeled to become RPF. I subsequently became its Secretary General, building and promoting RPF within and out of the country.

Q: Are you married?
A: (Laughs) as you can see, I have a home. I have close to 34 children I look after some of which are genocide survivors and others orphans but i only have one biological child.

Q: Which kind of child were you during your schooling time?
A: I was a very stubborn kid. I used to be punished a lot at school and even when I would reach home and narrate to them about the punishment I had received at school, i would still get punished due to my stubbornness!

Q: what was your first paying job?
A: My first paying job was digging and slashing the road. That’s the first thing I did that earned me money. We did that because we were refugees. One would do that in order to get some money for say buying clothes and other basic necessities.

Q: How much was your first salary and what exactly did you use it for?
A: It was really very small money and we would be paid per day, it was small money just to afford basic necessities like clothes, shoes etc.

Q: What prompted you to join politics?
A: You know when you’ve ever suffered all kinds of brutality, when you’ve ever been a refugee, when you’ve been disregarded and disrespected and discriminated against, it becomes apparent that you do all you can to be able to liberate your self from that inhumane treatment.
When I would go abroad, I would join organizations that fight for freedom such as those in Soweto, in Mozambique etc. That’s basically what prompted me to join politics.

Q: What make was your first car?
A: My first car that I bought was a Mazda. I acquired it after I had become a member of parliament. I later acquired a pick up as my second car.

Q: In all the countries that you’ve visited, which one did you like most?
A: I have lived in many countries but I spent most time in Uganda but Africa generally is good. It’s also true that I lived in France where I occasionally met various political leaders. I remember meeting Thomas Sankara and Compaoré at Mont pellier and that was good because it would us an opportunity to meet various freedom fighters unlike Uganda and it would particularly be easier for us as students to meet different kinds is people. As for me, I will only leave Rwanda dead.

Q: Could you tell us the kind of songs that you loved most from your child hood up to now?
A: I used to enjoy Jacques Blaire’s songs but we had common objectives of fighting for independence and human rights. We would dance to artists like Bony M from Jamaica including our own Rwandan artists like Cécile, Nyiranyamibwa Susan and so on, including also music for the Youth like Rap though I’m not well conversant with it.
Q: Whats your favorite food?
A: I basically enjoy all kinds of food but usually while in Europe, I like eating Fromage and when am back to Rwanda, I eat chips and all other kinds of local food stuff.

Q: Have you ever watched any movies in your life?
A: I used to enjoy movies a lot. I would watch them alot while in Uganda and France, while in France, I was in a club that would bring movies to school mostly movies relating to liberation.

Q: Is there a particular movie that you watched that still lingers in your mind to date?
A: There’s that particular one about the Ten Commandments of Moses while he was rescuing Jews from Egypt to Israel. I really loved it because I watched it while in my Secondary school.

Q: What’s always on your mind?
A: I always have a motto "Always fight a just war and fight it with all your might and power"

Q: What’s your dream car?
A: Am not really inspired by earthly belongings. Any car that can move me from one place to another be it the big ones or even pick ups, am ok with it.

Q: Which things hurt you most in your life?
A: Life as a Refugee hurt me so much although we all had a common cause. Life is full of ups and downs. Another thing that really hurt me was the untimely death of Fred Rwigema that occurred as we were just beginning the war. His untimely death including the Genocide hurt me a lot.

Q: Which things made you happy more than others then?
A: I would usually get excited by small things! I would be delighted by the way we would offer ourselves to teach young children to excel, those that used to write on their thighs! So seeing schools come to pick them up for further training after excelling would really impress me a lot.

Q: Which guidance would you give to people at the moment?
A: I would urge all people in general to poses good ideas and strive hard to realize them. There’s no single achievement which can be realized without striving for it. The youth in particular should poses good developmental ideas and strive hard to realize them. For example, if a youth sets a goal of becoming a Minister, he/she should always work hard towards achieving it.

Q: Thank you Sir
A: Thank you too.

Philbert Girinema / Celebs Magazine

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