In the fore front is the RDRC Chairperson, Madam Valerie Nyirahabineza sensitizing Ex-combatants and their dependents who had turned up to attend an orientation meeting held at Nyabihu District on 7th, July 202.
The Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) sensitized members of ex-combatants and their dependents across the country on how to use the support delivered to them so as to run well income generating activities, aimed at improving their livelihoods.
The activity which kicked off on 7th, July 2020 ended on 9th, July 2020 with hundreds of ex-combatants and their dependents from different provinces, attending orientation meetings to enable them carryout economic activities.
Addressing the ex-combatants meeting, the RDRC Chairperson, Madam Valerie Nyirahabineza lauded the ex-combatants for turning up in big numbers to attend the crucial meeting organized for orienting them on how to use the support delivered to them by RDRC. She remarked that the financial support given to them should be utilized well for the benefit of their families. She also noted that the government of national unity has put in place good programs which are aimed at improving the livelihoods for beneficiaries.
"We are proud of our country. It is a blessed nation with good leadership. You should therefore take this grand opportunity to embrace it by supporting government programs such that you can live decent lives", Valerie said. She also told the ex-combatants not to misuse the support given to them to instead work in collaboration with their spouses to develop their families.
On her part the Mayor of Nyabihu District, Madam Mukandayisenga Antoinnette echoed similar sentiments. She urged ex-combatants to be patriotic and support government programs for the sake of national peace and development.
For his part, the RDRC Commissioner in charge of the City of Kigali Brig. Gen John Bagabo told ex-combatants meeting at Nyarugenge District to be disciplined so that they can be able to use their support well. He also urged them to live peacefully with the rest in the community for the sake of national security.
Mr. David Munyurangabo, the RDRC Commissioner in charge of the Southern Province advised the ex-combatants to settle down and receive what the government offers them. He said the government loves her subjects and this is why the financial support has been delivered to them so as to reduce poverty.
"This is the responsibility of the commission. As the commission we shall keep an eye to each and every ex-combatant in the community to see that the reintegration is done sufficiently", said Mr. Elie Mutarambirwa, the RDRC Commissioner in charge of the Eastern Province.
Notably, both Ex-Armed Groups, their dependents and vulnerable ex-combatants were supported financially to run incoming generating activities from their communities. This will enable them fight poverty in their communities, according to the RDRC Chairperson Madam Valerie Nyirahabineza.
Ex-combatants and their dependents attend an orientation meeting at Nyarugenge District in the City of Kigali on 9th, July 2020.
Ex- combatants and spouses Voice:
(Rtd) private Ndoli Kiziroge from Jomba sector in Nyabihu District in the Western Province lauds the Commission for offering them support. He said he will use the support in a farming activity which he says will improve the family's welfare.
Nyirakobwa Eugenia from Birembo sector in Nyabihu District commends the government for effective reintegration of ex-combatants. She says the government of national unity has supported her family of five. "Thanks to our government. We appreciate what you do to us. Long live our government, long live Rwanda", she says.
(Rtd) Sgt kajonjori Innocent from Kamonyi District in the Southern Province echoed similar sentiments. He lauded the RDRC and the government for effective reintegration of ex-combatants. He says he will use his support delivered to him in agricultural farming.
(Rtd) Ajida Chef Murindwa Protejen from Nyamirambo village in Nyarugenge District in the City of Kigali hails the Commission for organizing such a training aimed at orienting ex-combatants to run well their economic activities. He attributes all this to the visionary leadership put forward by HE President Paul Kagame.
Madam Mukakalisa Reberatta from Nyakabanda Village in Nyarugenge District says she will use the support in a piggery project. She adds the project will enable her children to go back to school.
(Rtd) Private Muhizi Theodore from Kayonza District in the Eastern Province thanked the government of Rwanda for giving extra -care to ex-combatants. He said he will support the government programs for the sake of peace and security.
Mukamudenge Solina, a widow from Musanze District appreciated the support given to her. She said she will use it in agricultural farming which will help her family to fetch in much money for economic development.