The Chairperson of Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission, Madam Valerie Nyirahabineza visited members of Ex-Armed Groups who are under-going a Pre-Discharge Orientation Program (PDOP) at Mutobo Demobilization Centre to love their country for the sake of national peace and development.
The Chairperson said this when she was lecturing hundreds of Ex-Armed Groups who are attending PDOP phase 67 at Mutobo Demobilization Centre on May, 21st 2020.
“You should love your country. This is the only way you can attain a decent life", said Nyirahabineza. She also urged them to be truly Banyarwanda who can embrace what the country has achieved in terms of peace and development. She advised them to master well the lessons taught during the PDOP to enable them reintegrate well in the community.
She also told them to support government programs in attempt to enjoy decent life. "The government has good programs for you. You should therefore support them in bid to enjoy the national fruits", she said, adding that all will be well once they are patriotic. The Chairperson further urged them to put to halt needless wars and rejoin fellow Rwandans in rebuilding the nation.
For his part, the RDRC Commissioner, Brig. Gen. John Bagabo echoed similar sentiments and urged Ex-Armed Groups to be positive with discipline for the sake of effective reintegration in the community. He remarked that the government loves them so much, it is in this regard they should ensure peace and security for the sake of social-economic development.
(Rtd) Brig. Gen Mberabahizi David applauds what the government has done for them ever since they arrived at Mutobo Demobilization Centre.
Ex-Armed Group members’ voice:
(Rtd) Brig. Gen. Mberabahizi David, aged 56 applauds the government of national unity for enabling him return back home. He says he was being kept hostage by the FDLR leadership. "Ithank this government in a special way for liberating us. We were being taken as hostages by FDLR in the jungles of DR Congo for so long. By God's Grace we were liberated. Thanks our government for mercy and extra care you gave us ever since we arrived in the Centre”, he said.
(Rtd) Col. Gatabazi Joseph aged 49 vowed to support government programs once he returns back in the community. He says he will do that for the sake of developing his family and the community. "I have loved the government programs. They are so nice, and once I return back in the community I will be part of them to enable me develop ", he said.
(Rtd) Private Emerance Niyodusenga, aged 19hails the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission for consolidating peace and stability in the Great Lakes Region. She thanked the government for liberating female ex-combatants from a sorry state. "Females were misled by FDLR military wing that our country Rwanda is bad, that once we return back home we will be killed. We have now discovered that it was a false allegation put forward by FDLR", she said.