On 26 April 2016, a delegation from Nakumatt supermarket in Kigali visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to increase their awareness of Rwanda’s history as well as remember the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi. Nakumatt is a Kenyan supermarket chain which has branches in different East Africa countries, including Rwanda.
The delegation began their commemoration activity with a Walk to Remember to the Kigali Genocide Memorial. On arriving at the memorial, they laid wreaths at the burial place where more than 250,000 victims are laid to rest. Afterwards, they toured the exhibitions at the memorial to learn about the causes, reality and consequences of the Genocide.
As a head of the delegation, Jean Paul Mpurukundo said that visiting the memorial – especially during this period of commemoration – is a vital thing that everyone should do to comprehensively learn the history of Rwanda.
“We have learnt many things here, especially the history of Rwanda before, during and after Genocide. As businessmen and women, our responsibility is to develop the country without genocide ideology,” Jean Paul said.
Mudenge Apollinaire, a member of the delegation, said that unity and reconciliation is the best prevention against genocide.
“Unity and reconciliation should be a duty to every Rwandan. If we have a nation built by united people, genocide will never happen again.” Apollinaire said.
The Kigali Genocide is a place of remembrance and learning. During the commemoration period, the memorial welcomes individuals, families, business and government institutions for events to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi.