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United Nation Names Kigali, Rwanda Most Beautiful City In Africa


Still thinking of having your honeymoon in Dubai and Santorini Greece?

United Nations has recognised Rwanda's capital city, Kigali as the Most beautiful city in Africa.

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Kigali is the capital and largest city of Rwanda, situated in the centre of the nation, and has been the economic, cultural, and transport hub of Rwanda since it became capital at independence in 1962. It has a population of approximately 1.2 million people. The city is built in a hilly country, sprawling across about eight ridges and the valleys in between. The city centre is located on one of these ridges, with the main government area on another. Kigali also is an important centre for trade in local produce.

The city was founded in 1907 under German colonial rule, but did not become the capital until Rwanda’s independence in 1962. The traditional capital was the seat of the Umwami (king) in Nyanza, while the colonial seat of power was in Butare, then known as Astrida. Butare was initially the leading contender to be the capital of the new independent nation, but Kigali was chosen because of its more central location.

When the plane carrying Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi was shot down on April 7th in 1994 as it descended on Kigali, the trigger that the genocidal government had waited for had been pulled, beginning nationwide massacres of Tutsis across Rwanda. Though the onslaught had was planned and spontaneously carried out across the country, the toll that the genocide had on Kigali was more amplified for it was the seat for the genocidal government and home to the infamous RTLM radio station which mobilized the Hutu population to turn the blades of their machetes onto their neighbors, family members, and friends.

Besides the destruction of the city’s population, especially the elites who were to build it, the genocide tramped Kigali’s nascent infrastructure as uncontrolled mobs roamed its streets taking the lives of her own, burning roads and destroying buildings with bombs being reinforced by the partisan army of the time.

Reconstruction

In the aftermath of the genocide, the government of Rwanda embarked on an ambitious plan to rebuild the country’s capital and it competitive on the international stage; to attract investments and thus fast track the nation’s development.

Dramatic population increase has been recorded over the past two decades with the post genocide period being the time this city experienced the highest population growth.

This was because most of the returning Rwandans tended to go to the capital where there was considerable security.

The post 1994 Kigali witnessed a boom in construction but equally in many other sectors of the economy. Business in Rwanda is growing, and many new buildings are emerging across the city. Tourism provides an important input into the economy of the city which also is home to Kigali International Airport. It is the hub of Rwanda’s work, country express bus routes to all major towns in the country.

Text fromhttp://hopemagazine.rw
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