President Kagame rallies youths to keep unbreakable Rwandan spirit alive

By ZBC Reporter

President Paul Kagame has challenged the youth of his country to keep the unbreakable Rwandan spirit alive for generations to come.

He tweeted the message as Rwanda celebrated Heroes’ Day on February 1,  shortly after he led a ceremony to lay wreaths in honour of Rwandan heroes who lived in different times. 

The wreath-laying ceremony took place at the National Heroes’ Mausoleum in Remera, Kagame was accompanied by First Lady Jeannette Kagame. 

The mausoleum is the final resting place for different national heroes in the two categories of Imanzi – which has Maj Gen Fred Gisa Rwigema, the first leader of the Liberation Struggle and the Unknown Soldier who represents all fighters who died in the struggle to liberate the country.

The rest of heroes interred at the mausoleum are in Imena category and they include former Prime Minister Agathe Uwiringiyimana, King Umutara Rudahigwa, Felicite Niyitegeka and Michel Rwagasana. 

The Ingenzi category comprises heroes who are still alive. Unlike other categories, a list of the Ingenzi heroes has not yet been published.

“We honor the lives of the heroes – men and women – of Rwanda, and the sacrifices they made to enable us to build the dignified and united nation we live in today. That puts a heavy responsibility on each of us who are working to transform our country,” said President Kagame via his Twitter handle.