By : Hason Mutunzi Bwambale
In a stern message to Burundi , the President of Rwanda issued a resolute statement, declaring, “Go home and sleep. There will be nothing crossing the borders of this small country of ours.” The President emphasized a commitment to safeguarding national security and maintaining the hard-earned peace achieved over the past 30 years.
The statement was made during the 19th National Dialogue Council, commemorating three decades of rebuilding from the ashes of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The President reflected on the progress made since that tragic period, highlighting the resilience and determination of the Rwandan people to rebuild and forge a better future.
The President’s remarks were in response to perceived threats from the Burundian counterpart. Addressing any potential regression towards past conflicts, the Rwandan leader asserted, “If you ever put us in a situation where we think like it’s going back to that time, then, we have nothing to lose. We will fight like people who have nothing to lose.” The President made it clear that any aggression would come at a cost, but not one borne by the people of Rwanda.
As regional tensions escalate, Rwanda sends a clear message that its focus remains on peace, stability, and continued progress. The President’s uncompromising stance serves as a reminder of the nation’s commitment to protecting its hard-won gains and ensuring that the scars of the past are not revisited. The international community watches closely as Rwanda, a symbol of resilience, reaffirms its dedication to a peaceful and prosperous future.