UoN hosts Kwibuka25 Conference on Rwanda Genocide Commemoration

The University of Nairobi hosted the 25th edition of Rwanda Genocide Commemoration where Rwanda nationals were joined by staff and students and the university community to remember the atrocities that happened in 1994.

The University of Nairobi hosted the 25th edition of Rwanda Genocide Commemoration where Rwanda nationals were joined by staff and students and the university community to remember the atrocities that happened in 1994.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi opined that “it is possible to reconcile after the tragedy”. The Vice Chancellor was represented by Prof. Julius Ogen’go, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Academic Affairs. He stated that the International community have a responsibility to stop war crimes and crimes against humanity.  He pointed out that conferences helps in documentation, storage of evidence which helps in preventing more genocide cases in future.  The young people also get to learn lessons from the atrocities.

The commemoration brought together students, scholars, ambassadors from various countries. The panel discussions raised a number of issues. Key among them being; genocide denial is not the way to go, impunity is failure to bring perpetrators to book and hence it should be dealt with; perpetrators should be dealt with as this will help deal with the reoccurrence of such cases in the future.

Prof. Maria Nzomo, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, reckoned that genocide can happen anywhere. “Rwanda had leadership failure and it is simplistic to say that it was a tribal conflict between Hutu and Tutsi”, she said.

Dr. Wandia Njoya, one of the panelists opined that genocide has victims and survivors and such commemoration helps in remembering those who died and those who survived. She pointed out that genocide was a product of failure on the part of religious organizations, education institutions and the international community. She discouraged those present from the issue of forgive and forget and stated that healing is life-long process. She stated that people in power don’t like victims of oppression to remember past atrocities.

Panelists were in agreement that Rwanda is on the right path to recovery, but cautioned that the process will take time.

Expiry Date: 
Sat, 2019-08-31 (All day)