Quotable Quotes from Kagame's speech
Publish Date: Apr 09, 2014
Quotable Quotes from Kagame's speech
President Kagame delivers his speech. PHOTO BY AFP
  • mail
  • img

Compiled by Louis Jadwong

Here are twenty "quotable quotes" from Rwanda President Paul Kagame at the 20th Commemoration of Genocide Against the Tutsi, Kigali, April 7, 2014. (Full speech below)

  • Your sacrifices are a gift to the nation. They are the seed from which the new Rwanda grows.
  • Thank you for allowing your humanity and patriotism to prevail over your grief and loss. Thank you very much.
  • Historical clarity is a duty of memory that we cannot escape. Behind the words “Never Again”, there is a story whose truth must be told in full, no matter how uncomfortable. 
  • Twenty years is short or long depending on where you stand but there is no justification for false moral equivalence. The passage of time should not obscure the facts, lessen responsibility, or turn victims into villains.
  • People cannot be bribed or forced into changing their history. And no country is powerful enough, even when they think that they are, to change the facts. After all, les faits sont têtus.
  • All genocides begin with an ideology — a system of ideas that says: This group of people here, they are less than human and they deserve to be exterminated.
  • The colonial theory of Rwandan society claimed that hostility between something called “Hutu”, “Tutsi”, and “Twa” was permanent and necessary. This was the beginning of the genocide against the Tutsi, as we saw it twenty years ago.
  • However, Africans are no longer resigned to being hostage to the world’s low expectations.
  • We listen to and respect the views of others. But ultimately, we have got to be responsible for ourselves
  • Managing the diversity in our society should not be seen as denying the uniqueness of every Rwandan. 
  • This is why I say to Rwandans — let’s not get diverted. Our approach is as radical and unprecedented as the situation we faced. 

Uganda's Yowri Museveni (far left) Kagame and First Lady Janet Kagame. PHOTO BY AFP

  • For those who think that for Rwanda, or Africa to be governed properly by its people, by the leaders chosen by these people still requires their endorsement, they are still living in a too distant past.
  • When we passed an inclusive constitution that transcends politics based on division and entrenched the rights of women as full partners in nation-building, for the first time — we were choosing to be together. 
  • When we award scholarships and appoint public servants based on merit, without discrimination — we are being accountable. 
  • When we sanction an official, no matter how high-ranking, who abuses their power or engages in corruption — we are being accountable.
  • After 1994, everything was a priority and our people were completely broken. But we made three fundamental choices that guide us to this day. One — we chose to stay together. Two — we chose to be accountable to ourselves. Three — we chose to think big.
  • When we became a regular contributor to United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions — we were thinking big.
  • Twenty years ago, Rwanda had no future, only a past.
  • If the Genocide reveals humanity's shocking capacity for cruelty, Rwanda's choices show its capacity for renewal.
  • Today, half of all Rwandans are under 20. Nearly three-quarters are under 30. They are the new Rwanda. Seeing these young people carry the Flame of Remembrance, to all corners of the country over the last three months, gives us enormous hope.



Decades after genocide, Congo struggles to dislodge Rwanda rebels

President Museveni's speech in Kigali

No one will stop us from defending Rwanda



FULL Speech by Rwanda President Kagame 20th Commemoration of Genocide. Kigali April 2014 by The New Vision

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Pentagon to
The Pentagon-run programme to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State jihadists is being overhauled, US officials said Friday....
Popularity of
AFP - Russian President Vladimir Putin's bullish entry into the Syrian conflict has worked wonders for his popularity in neighbouring Iraq, where some await "Hajji Putin" like a saviour....
NATO head sees
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday there had been a "troubling escalation" in Russian military activity in Syria, after Moscow dramatically expanded its air campaign....
Rwandan court okays Kagame
Rwanda''s Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a legal challenge to constitutional changes designed to allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term....
El Nino coral damage could be worst ever - Scientists
Scientists warned the world faced mass global coral bleaching next year driven by the warming effects of El Nino....
Trump is a
FORMER US president Bill Clinton attributed outspoken Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's current success in surveys to his skills as a 'brander'...
Should Makerere University fees policy be reviewed?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter