Tue. Jun 28th, 2022

CHOGM2022: Prince Charles Arrives in Kigali

Prince Charles and wife arrive in Kigali (PHOTO/Courtesy)

By George Kalisa

Prince Charles and wife Camilla on Tuesday evening arrived in the Rwandan capital, Kigali to attend the Commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM2022) that kicked off June 19 with  the commonwealth youth forum (CYF).

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall alighted from the British carrier that landed at the Kigali International Airport at around eight Rwandan time, and were received by Rwanda’s Ambassador to the UK, Johnson Busingye.  

“The Prince and The Duchess will arrive in Kigali today for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” said a statement on their official twitter handle.

“CHOGM2022 convenes leaders from the 54 Commonwealth countries to reaffirm common values and agree on policies to improve the lives of its 2.5 billion citizens.”

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla

During the previous CHOGM hosted in London (2018), The Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth observed: “We are one of the world’s great convening powers: a global association of volunteers who believe in the tangible benefits that flow from exchanging ideas and experiences and respecting each other’s point of view.”

CHOGM is convened every after two years and skipped due to the dreadful novel Coronavirus that plagued the world since it was detected in 2019.

The 26th CHOGM is running under the theme: “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming”.

The Royal Family’s Itinerary in Rwanda

Mr. Robert Kamuratsi, the Political, Communications and Programmes Officer at the British High Commission in Kigali announced that The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will on June 22 pay homage to the over 250, 000 victims interred at the Kigali Genocide Memorial.

Over one million Tutsi were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Kamuratsi also, confirmed to the local media that the royal family will visit Ntarama Genocide Memorial, a reconciliation village as well as an agricultural project in Bugesera, Eastern Rwanda.   

Amb. Johnson Busingye and Prince Charles (PHOTO/Courtesy)

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