REG and WASAC remember ELECTROGAZ Staff Victims of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

 

Hon. Kamayirese Germaine, the Minister of State in Charge of Energy, Water and Sanitation addressing the mourners on Friday 28th  April 2017 at REG Head quarters

 The Management of Rwanda Energy Group Limited (REG) and Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) with its staff devoted Friday, 28th April 2017 to remember their colleagues and former ELECTROGAZ Staff victims of genocide against the Tutsi in the 1994.

 Speaking at the event, the Minister of State in Charge of Energy, Water and Sanitation, Hon. Kamayirese Germaine, called for unity and reconciliation through “Ndi Umunyarwanda” program. “We employ people on merit regardless of where they come from,” she said. “We do not want to emulate the past divide and rule style; this was the essence of liberation.” Germaine said the current Government believes in equal rights for all citizens, which has informed several development projects to lift all poor Rwandan families out of poverty.

 James Sano, the Chief Executive Officer Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) while addressing mourners who turned up for commemoration said it’s the role of REG & WASAC employees and Rwandans in general to fight against Genocide ideologies and also join hands to people who deny  1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

 “I would like to thank you for joining us as we honour our former employees of ELECTROGAZ victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. As we have heard in testimonies given in the past commemoration events, ELECTROGAZ was one of the few institutions that had hired Tutsi as most of the institutions were discriminating against them. It is important for us to work with our government to take different measures against everything that aims to bring back divisionism in our Country. We have to put more efforts in uprooting genocidal ideologies and fight all those who deny it. These deniers want to devalue the lives lost, and the meaning it has on our history. We have to fight genocide and related crimes and appreciate our government’s role in uprooting divisionism among Rwandans’’ Sano said.

 “We commemorate and support the families of Tutsi killed in the genocide every year. In such times, these families need us to be by their side, to show them sympathy, and to thank them for their resilience towards building a brighter future for our country. This year REG connected electricity to Bisesero Genocide memorial site in Karongi district while WASAC provided clean water to 69 families in Bumbogo sector, Gasabo District” Sano added.

REG CEO-Jean Bosco Mugiraneza (L),  Hon. Kamayirese Germaine, the Minister of State in Charge of Energy, Water and Sanitation (M), James Sano, CEO WASAC (R) during the Remembrance ceremony

 Sano also reaffirmed government’s commitment to ensure that Rwandans have access to electricity and clean water. The gaps left by the Genocide must be filled with our commitment, he said.

 

Sumayire Freddy, former ELECTROGAZ Staff giving his testimony to the mourners

Sumayire the former ELECTROGAZ employee, while addressing the mourners said Hutu employees enjoyed work, Tutsi workers then were the subject of psychological torture and victimization. He was reliving the past experience of ethnic segregation at this event to pay tribute to more than 173 former ELECTROGAZ staff killed during 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“I worked in ELECTROGAZ headquarters and Nyanza branch before resigning. I happened to be positioned to receive many people but most could pass without greeting because they thought that I was a collaborator of Rwanda Patriotic Army. The harassment worsened with the employment of a new Director who swiftly fired some Tutsi and demoted others, Sumayire added.

“I was transferred to Nyanza branch due to harassment and discrimination among ELECTROGAZ yet I barely had related knowledge. Even before that, they had demoted me on accusations of collaborating with Rwanda Patriotic Army. Some other Tutsi were jailed on false claims that they would poison the city water.”

"It was unbearable and after being transferred to Nyanza branch and after some time I decided to resign my job,” he said.

REG and WASAC Employees walk to remember the former ELECTROGAZ employees Victims of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.


 

 

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