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I have still not understood how churches were turned into killing fields-Kagame

He also blamed preachers who played a role to turn churches into killing fields saying that Rwandans are not short of lessons showing them how to do it because there is more strength they should use to build the Rwandan family and make a contribution on the global scale.

He made the observation today in his concluding remarks following the training of leadership dubbed ‘Purpose Driven Leadership Gathering' organized by PEACE Plan Rwanda at Kigali Convention Center (KCC).

The training was attended by close to 2,000 people from the public, private and faith based sectors for the Purpose Driven Leadership Gathering led by Pastor Rick Warren

Kagame reflected on the country's tragic history that led to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi taking lives of over 1 million victims saying it should leave a considerable lesson.

“You cannot call yourself a believer and behave as someone who is not a believer. I have still not understood how churches were turned into killing fields with those who taught the word of God choosing who should be killed,” said Kagame.

“It is a failure that will continue to leave a mark on our history. That is why Rwanda has to make extraordinary choices to heal from the tragedy and failures of our past,” he added.

Kagame said that all the good lessons learnt in church should not be left behind in church but rather practice these teachings in everyday life, at homes, work and schools.

“The only time Rwandans respect time is when they go to church. Even when it comes to cleanliness, people look their best when they go to church. I am not saying this is wrong, it is a good thing, but why don't you apply it elsewhere,” he said.

“Making the right choice is not expensive. It is something you have to demand of yourself before you take any action. You have to be able to stand behind your choice as one that moves you towards results,” stressed Kagame.

Pastor Rick Warren said that Rwanda has made remarkable progress despite hardships times the country endured during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“No African wanted to come to Rwanda following the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Today, many people wish to come to Rwanda as a safe country with fast growing economy,” he said.

“When I came to Rwanda, Americans knew the country for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Today, it is the safest country in Africa with fast growing economy,” added Rick Warren.

Church leaders are blamed to have played a role during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi mobilizing followers to kill fellows while some churches turned into killing grounds for Tutsi seeking refuge inside.

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwandans have a lot of work to do and need to make extraordinary choices to heal
Pastor Rick Warren said that Rwanda has made remarkable progress despite hardships times the country endured

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