Employees of Imana Steel Rwanda have visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to pay tribute to victims of 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. The remembrance and learning visit to the Memorial was organized by the factory managers.
Their visit began by paying tribute to victims of the Genocide by laying wreaths on the burial place which is a final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide. They also observed a moment of silence.
After the visit, employees of Imana Steel Rwanda reflected on their experience:
“Whenever you see a place called a memorial, it means that what it contains has to be remembered. Since we are in Rwanda, working in Rwanda, we have to know what happened in this country and pay tribute to the victims. A lesson that I took from this visit is that we should never hate each other. We should always love each other,” said Harry Bhavra, Imana Steel Rwanda General Manager.
“As Rwandans who work in an international factory, it is our duty to teach our international partners about the Genocide. We have to show them our history so that they can help us to rebuild our country. We have to love each other in order to fight any source of genocide ideology,” said Olivier Makabuza, Imana Steel Rwanda Development Officer.
Imana Steel is a joint venture between Metal Cans and Closure Kenya Ltd and the Sigma Group of Companies from India. Imana Steel started operations in Rwanda in 2013 and manufactures steel construction materials.