Seal of Rwanda
|Seal of Rwanda|
|Armiger||Republic of Rwanda|
Ubumwe, Umurimo, Gukunda Igihugu |
"Unity, Work, Patriotism"
The seal of Rwanda is the national symbol and used by the government. It was restyled in 2001 to match the color scheme of the new national flag. The text reads "Republic of Rwanda - Unity, Work, Patriotism" in Kinyarwanda. The central tribal devices are surmounted on a cog wheel and encircled by a square knot.
The previous emblem dated from the 1960s-the colors green, yellow and red represented peace; the nation's hope for future development; and the people. The device and the flag itself were changed because they had become associated with the brutality of the Rwandan Genocide.