President Paul Kagame Saturday inaugurated several multibillion infrastructure projects in Nyagatare district, in eastern Rwanda, on the occasion to mark the 26th anniversary of liberation, marking the day Rwanda Patriotic Army captured power in 1994.
The liberation war was launched on Oct. 1, 1990 in the same district.
“After many years of bad politics of greed, hate, and division, we have built a country for all, not just some–a country where everyone cares about the other,” the president said.
The infrastructure projects constructed by the government include Gishuro Model Village, home to 64 selected vulnerable families, an early childhood development center to accommodate 100 pupils, a school with smart classrooms and a health center.
The projects enable citizens to access services, improve livelihoods and uphold the dignity of every Rwandan, said Kagame.
He said the country has achieved a lot since the liberation, noting it required sacrifice, hard work and collaboration.
“The values that characterized the liberation are still important today. We should all strive for common good instead of individual interests,” he said, imploring Rwandans in public service to understand that they serve all Rwandans and are accountable to them.
Noting that the liberation was marked amid difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kagame reiterated Rwanda’s readiness to contain coronavirus.
“The pandemic is a test for us. The way we address it shows our level of preparedness against anything that attempts to disrupt our lives and our progress. We always stand ready to protect Rwandans and what we have achieved. This is the same way we should fight COVID-19 and defeat it,” he said.
“The whole world is fighting this pandemic, success will depend on the right strategies, actions, and citizens with the right mindset. This is really another struggle that we must win so that we can continue on the path we have chosen,” Kagame added.
The number of coronavirus cases reached 1081 in Rwanda on Friday with 512 recoveries, and three deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.