Tue. Jun 28th, 2022

CHOGM: Kagame, First Lady Receive British Royal Family

First Lady Jeannette Kagame, Prince Charles, President Paul Kagame and the Duches of Cornwall, Camilla (PHOTO/Courtesy)

By George Kalisa

Rwandan President H.E Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame on June 22 received the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla at Village Urugwiro in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.

Prince Charles arrived in the country June 21 to represent his mother and the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II at the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which is underway in the landlocked East African nation.

Pretty much 5,000 delegates including over 35 Heads of State are expected in one of the biggest meetings in the world.

The theme of CHOGM2022 is: “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming”

The high profile leaders discussed existing partnerships and areas of mutual interests, said a brief statement released by the Presidency.

“On the sidelines of #CHOGM2022, President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame received Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall @ClarenceHouse at Urugwiro Village where they discussed existing partnerships and areas of mutual interest,” said the Presidency through its official twitter handle today.

Prince Charles described the reception at Urugwiro Village as “warm”.  

“Thank you to President @PaulKagame and @FirstLadyRwanda Jeannette Kagame for the warm welcome to Rwanda,” said their Highnesses through a tweet @ClarenceHouse.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall paid homage to the over 250, 000 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi interred at the Kigali Genocide Memorial where he laid a wreath. Over one million Tutsi were killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla laying a wreath at Kigali Genocide Memorial on June 22, 2022 (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Prince Charles is expected to visit Ntarama Genocide Memorial, a reconciliation village as well as an agricultural project in Bugesera, Eastern Rwanda.   

Official sources have revealed that Rwanda’s First Lady, Duchess of Cornwall and Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth will have a tight schedule that includes participating in activities aimed at ending gender based violence among others.

Charles, Prince of Wales is the heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. He was designated the successor of Queen Elizabeth II at the last CHOGM hosted in London in 2018.

In 1949, King George VI met Heads of Government to ratify the London Declaration, creating the Commonwealth as we know it – then comprising just 8 nations. The Queen has been Head of the Commonwealth since 1952 and in 2018, announced that The Prince will take on the role next @clarenceHouse.

Rwanda joined the Commonwealth in 2009, becoming the 2nd member state admitted into this organisation without any direct colonial ties to Britain after Mozambique – raising number of member states to 54 and 2.5 billion people ( a third of the world’s population).

More than 60 per cent of Commonwealth citizens are under the age of 30. More than 35 Heads of Government and pretty much 5,000 are taking part in the CHOGM

Additional report by this reporter

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