Over 1800 dependents discharged at Nyarushishi Transit Camp.

Over 1800 dependents of the ex-armed group phase 67 were discharged from Nyarushishi Transit Camp in Rusizi District on 17th, November, 2020. 

In her opening remarks, The Minister of state in charge of Social affairs and Social Protection, Hon.IgnatienneNyirarukundo lauded the dependents for making a wise decision to return back home. She said it was a great honor for the beneficiaries to return back home. Minister Nyirarukundo said this during a grand ceremony held at Nyarushishi in the Western province. 

The grand ceremony that witnessed 1880 beneficiaries, including; women and children being discharged and awarded certificates after completing 11 months of PDOP, was attended by among others; RDRC Commissioners, partners and stake holders. 

"I thank you very much for reaching this day. It is a pleasure for the country. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for returning back home", she said and added: "The country is happy and ready to reintegrate you in the community. Rwanda is your mother land; you should therefore feel at home". She also commended the RDRC for doing a good job in line with Demobilization and Reintegration of ex-combatants in the community. She noted that the Commission has registered tremendous achievements which have contributed to peace and stability in the region. She urged dependents to love their country and join the rest in the re-construction of the country. 

For his part Mr. MunyantwaliAlphonse, the Governor of the Western Province gave a cordial welcome to the dependents, and pledged fully support in their reintegration activities. He lauded the Rwandan Demobilization and reintegration Commission for excellent work towards peace building and conflict transformation in the region. He says the RDRC has done a good job for the country in regard with reintegration of ex-combatants. He attributed all this to the visionally leadership of the country. He advised the beneficiaries to support government programs for the sake of holistic development. 

The Chairperson of RDRC Madam Valerie Nyirahabineza lauded the government for fostering peace and stability in the region. She commended the local government for working excellently towards improving the livelihoods of Rwandans. She noted that the Commission will continue working around the clock to see that all the beneficiaries are reintegrated fully in the community. 

The Mayor of Rusizi District Mr. Kayumba Ephrem echoed similar sentiments. "You are warmly welcome to the community. This is an opportunity for you because the country loves you and is ready to receive you. As a district, we shall do what is necessary and reintegrate you in the community", he said.

The Governor of the Western Province Mr. Alphonse Munyantwali delivers a message of hope to beneficiaries during the discharge ceremony held at Nyarushishi on 17th, November 2020.

RDRC Chairperson Madam Valerie Nyirahabineza addresses the audience at Nyarushishi during the discharge ceremony held on 17th, Nov. 2020

The Mayor of Rusizi District Mr. Kayumba Ephrem gives his keynote address to the function.

Iribagiza Beatrice, a representative of the beneficiaries, giving a testimony during the ceremony.

Dependents of ex-armed group phase 67 gather at Nyarushishi Transit Camp during the discharge ceremony held on 17th, November, 2020.

Minister of state in charge of Social affairs and Social Protection, Hon.Ignatienne Nyirarukundo gives out a certificate to one of the beneficiaries at the Discharge ceremony held  at Nyarushishi Transit Camp on 17th, Nov.2020.

The Governor of the Western Province Mr. Munyantwali Alphonse gives out a a certificate to a beneficiary.

The RDRC Chairpeson Madam Valerie Nyirahabineza gives out a certificate to a beneficiary during the discharge event held at Nyarushishi.

RDRC Commisioner Mr. Fred Nyamurangwa hands over an ID to the beneficiary during the function held at Nyarushishi Transit Camp.

RDRC Commissioner Mr. David Munyurangabo Delivers an ID to the beneficiary during the function held at Nyarushishi.

convey of vehicles transporting beneficiaries to their home  districts. The event took place on 18th, Nov.2020.

 

Voices of dependents:

Iribagiza Beatrice 45 who represented the beneficiaries during the ceremony hailed the government of natioanal Unity for receiving returnees well and giving them extra- care. She also hailed the Commission for giving them literacy education and other vital educational programs meant to reintegrate the decently in the community. She added they were misinformed when they were still in the jungles of DR Congo. She regreted staying in the bush for so long had cost their lives and time.

She appeals to other Rwandans who are still languishing in the jungles of Democratic Republic of Congo to repatriate. "Our country is peaceful and lovely, please; come back home," Iribagiza made a plea while giving testimony to the audience.

Nikuze Bora aged 16, is also one the beneficiaries who were discharged. She thanks the Commission for caring after them during their stay at Nyarushishi Transit Centre. "The Commission is really a mother to us. It gave us extra care ever since we arrived. Long live Rwanda, long live RDRC", she said.

Giramata Clemance 40yrs of age hailed the government for loving her subjects. She vowed to support government programmes when she returns back in the community.

Mukagakuba Grace 35 yrs of age says: "I shall practice what I learnt from the Centre. I acquired tangible knowledge and I will use it to earn a living", she says. 

Nirere Scovia 18yrs says: "I will work together with the Commission to see that the young children who remained in the jungles of DR Congo are repatriated".  

The Minister of state in charge of Social affairs and Social Protection, Hon.Ignatienne Nyirarukundo, addresses the audience during the discharge ceremony held at Nyarushishi Transit Camp in Rusizi District.