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EAC mulls Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi as an EAC Day

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 8th April, 2024:  The East African Community Secretariat is exploring a possibility of having a Commemoration of Genocide Against Tutsi on  7th April of every year as an EAC day for it to be observed by EAC Partner States, Organs, and Institutions as any other EAC days and given commemoration budget in the EAC Annual Budgets.

Speaking during the the commemoration at the EAC Secretariat on behalf of the EAC Secretary General, EAC Deputy Secretary General, Hon Andrea Ariik Aguer Malueth said that a proper request will be very soon tabled to the Council for consideration as EAC set to take a front role as the region to make sure that what happened in Rwanda in 1994 never happens again anywhere in region.

EAC Deputy Secretary General, Hon Andrea Ariik Aguer Malueth makes  his remarks

He disclosed that in an effort to show solidarity with the Government and people of Rwanda to commemorate Genocide Against Tutsi, the EAC Heads of State Summit erected a Genocide Monument in the EAC Gardens at the EAC Headquarters in memory of the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Furthermore, the EAC Secretariat has marked 7th to 13th April each year as silent week in the EAC Calendar of Activities. 

 “We are going to lay strategies to ensure that the genocide vice is uprooted from our region, through discussions and reflections on the dangers of genocide ideology and its denial’’

He commended the Republic of Rwanda for tremendous strides that have exceeded expectations making the impossible became possible and the unexpected became a reality where unity and reconciliation is being realized in a very convincing and highly significant levels.

Deputy Secretary General underscored importance of the fundamental truth that all human being created equal with certain undeniable rights that include the right to life and no one has the right to take it away as it was done 30 years ago from the innocent men and women of Rwanda.

Arusha District Commissioner, Hon Emmanuela Kaganda lights a candle to commemorate the Genocide Against Tutsi

On her part, the Arusha District Commissioner, Hon Emmanuela Kaganda noted that genocide perpetrated against the Tutsi in Rwanda was a tragedy not only to Rwanda as a country but to humanity as a whole.

“With the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda, the entire humanity was put to test and the sanity of human nature was put into serious doubts,”

She said 30 years may seem like a long time but surely those who went through the genocide both as victims and/or survivors continue to suffer unbearable pain of remembering their loved ones who perished and vividly remembering those terrible moments they went through as if they happened a fortnight ago.

“I therefore call upon the international community in general and the EAC countries in particular to work together at different levels to fight against all forms of genocide ideology or any slightest signal of its kind”

Mr. Louis Uwimana, EAC Laison Officer from  the Republic of Rwanda  underscored the Rwandan commitment to continue sensitizing the international community to put in place laws that criminalize genocide and genocide ideology and its collaborating with national and foreign partners in the fight against denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

 A broad spectrum of stakeholders including  staff of EAC Organs and Institutions sing the EAC Anthem before the start of commemoration ceremony

The Chairman of Rwandan Diaspora (Arusha and Moshi), Eng. Murenzi Daniel informed the commemorators that after 1994, the Rwandan community abroad embarked on a journey of nation rebuilding and promotion of peace and reconciliation with the support from the government of Rwanda.

The Commemoration brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders including representatives from various religious groups, the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR), the African Union Advisory Board Against Corruption (AUABC) UN-MICT, and students from various universities and secondary schools in Arusha, and EAC staff.

For more information, please contact:

Simon Peter Owaka
Senior Public Relations OfficerCorporate Communications and Public Affairs DepartmentEAC SecretariatArusha, TanzaniaTel: +255 768 552087Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of eight (8) Partner States, comprising the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the Federal Republic of Somalia, the Republic of South Sudan, the Republic of Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The Federal Republic of Somalia was admitted into the EAC bloc by the Summit of EAC Heads of State on 24th November, 2023 and became a full member on 4th March, 2024.

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