Residents of Nyamiyaga sector, Ngoma village from Kamonyi district in the Southern Province early this month joined local leaders to launch a football pitch as a tribute to the national heroes.
Rwanda celebrate the National Heroes of February 1, and Kamonyi has a lot to remember in particular.
The pitch is built at the birthplace of the Late Maj. General Fred Gisa Rwigema, a national hero in the category of Imanzi. Rwigema was the commander of Rwanda Patriotic Army(RPA) Inkotanyi) at the launch of the attack against the Genocidal government, October 1,1990. He died on the battlefield on October 2,1990.At the launch of the football pitch last week, citizens said that Rwigema’s legacy will never be betrayed.
“He (Rwigema) had a big dream for the country; he was concerned by our development, reason why as women, we cannot take it for granted. The country he fought for is now giving us right to education and decent health,” said one Adrien Niyonagize, a resident of Nyamiyaga.
Claudine Nyinawagaga addressing the citizens
This project was completed at a tune of Rwf 180 million, including of which 70 per cent, contribution of the residents and 30 per cent by the government.
The Director General of Local Government Development Authority (LODA) Claudine Nyinawagaga represented the Minister of Local Government at this event. LODA financed this project through the Vision Umurenge Program(VUP) public works.
“Such a successful project can also be registered under heroic deeds. Thank you for being able to use efficiently a modest budget for such a beautiful facility,” she said.”It is important to always find solutions within us, instead of always relying on government’s support.”
For Kamonyi district mayor, Dr. Nahayo Sylvere, Kamonyi is a land of visionary citizens who dream big, and he believes that more is yet to come.
Director General of LODA Claudine Nyinawagaga awarding a sponsor
At the inauguration of the pitch, some sponsors were presented with appreciation awards. The Ngoma football pitch also features Olympic game facilities.