Johannesburg – Speaking to Chief Mob of RNC Johannesburg branch Mr Hesron Mukiza, for him seeing members of political parties choosing to opt out, sees it as a democratic thing to move on rather than dragging your feet trying to save something that is not working.
Talking about his role in the RNC as Joburg Chief of mobilization, he shared some of the challenges he faced during the initial phase of RNC Africa Chapter. “The challenges that we faced in the start, people were not prepared, most of them were skeptical. Just the thought of hearing that RNC as a party for all ethnic groups, was something that Rwandese didn't see coming. ” Said Mukiza.
“We are advocating for unity. Where people (Hutu, Tutsi and Twas) share ideas, speak freely. Unlike in Rwanda where people are accused of saying what’s on their mind and later are accused of Genocide Ideology”. Added Mukiza.
For him solidarity is a way of life. As party of bringing together Rwandese living in exile, he gave an example of how people continue to unite. “during the first court appearance of Lt Gen Kayumaba Nyamwasa at the Westgate Magistrate Court, in Johannesburg, South Africa people came in numbers and showed their support”.
“As a way of mobilizing people, we did a lot of work. People continue to show their support to our activities as well as to our fellow comrade Kayumba Nyamwasa in his court case appearance. This shows you how people no longer have issues with regards to ethnicity. People are just tired of killing regimes”.
Asked how far RNC has gone in mobilizing people. He said in Kinyarwanda “ijya kurisha ihera murugo” meaning “you first start at you house, before going out“. “In the first year we made sure we mobilized people around us, those living in South Africa. I can only speak for my Branch. I think on a broader scale, my superiors are the ones to give you a better picture”.
He warned those that still have a question of whether RNC is a one man party. “Objectives and Values of RNC are well defined/ known and they are readily available. RNC is for you and me, we don’t like people imposing things on us. Members of the branches are the ones to propose or give an idea to what is to be done by the top leadership. That is why we spent time forming structures.”
When asked his views on the resignation of Maitre Evod Uwizeyimana and Alain Patrick Ndengera from RDI Rwanda Nziza, a political party led by Faustin Twagiramungu, he said “ to resign in a political party shows that you are politically matured. You don’t have to sit idle in things you don’t see advancing the cause. Also dragging yourself from things that you see will not materialize, it is always better to seek alternatives.”
“When you see that can no longer fulfill your duties based on certain situations, you rather quite. To me that is freedom of choice. So, Maitre Evode and his colleague, I think they made the right choices.”
In concluding our conversation, Mukiza said that “Rwandese hold the secretes with in their hearts. Signs of change are seen every where. That time will come when they will vote democratically their chosen leaders”.