The passing away of Aloisea Inyumba, 48, has robbed Rwanda of a decent, hard-working and honest woman whose deeds and integrity will live long after her.
Inyumba was the current Minister of Gender and Family Promotion in the Prime Minister’s Office. But her official title is not what described this quiet and un-assuming woman. She was dedicated to Rwanda to a fault, and her integrity was her badge of honor, in all she did.
I first met Aloisea in 1988, and was impressed by her sense of devotion to the struggle. She was a good listener above all else, and what she did not know, she was not afraid to ask and learn.
During the time when the Diaspora was raising funds to support our war of liberation, nobody was more trusted to handle the funds raised than Aloisea. Her girlish looks, infectious smile exhuded honesty and transparency. She made us all proud, a true and glaring example of all that is beautiful in a Rwandan woman.
Yes, the good die young, the saying goes. But history will be kind to this tenacious and courageous woman who served her country selflessly and with distinction. She gave a good name to Rwanda’s professional women, dedicated to preserving the rights of women and children. But above all, she was a good role model for future generations of young women who seek to make a difference through public service. That was her calling, and when Rwanda needed her, Inyumba rose to the occassion.
She had power through her office, but it never went to her head. She had influence, but used it to better the lives of others. She had grace and used it to serve her country in whatever capacity she was needed. And now, she is gone, but will never be forgotten. At peace with her Maker, and Rwanda is the poorer for it.