Rwanda’s National Dialogue “Umushyikirano” to open tomorrow

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Rwanda’s much-anticipated annual “National Dialogue,” commonly known as Umushikirano, opens on tomorrow Thursday at the Parliamentary Building in Kigali.

The dialogue will decide on the priority channels of available Agaciro money in amid of aid cut from the west on allegations of Kigali government supporting M23 rebels in Eastern Congo.

Hundreds of people from Diaspora are lodged in various Hotels in Kigali as the preparations to begin Umushyikirano are seen finalized in the Parliament.

Cabinet Affairs Minister Protais Musoni and Minister for the President’s Office Venantie Tugireyezu say the two-day 10th National Dialogue will be held under the theme “Agaciro: Aiming for self sufficiency.”

“Participants will discuss issues of national interest and devise measures to find solutions to identified challenges,” said Minister Tugireyezu on Tuesday.

Musoni said the deliberations will focus on how Rwandans can attain self sufficiency.

Key presentations will analyze how other countries have achieved great success and self-sufficiency.

“Participants will also discuss measures to translate these great theories into practice.”

During the Umushyikirano, there will be a presentation on 1994 Genocide in particular on Gacaca and will focus on identifying few challenges that have not yet been fully addressed in a bid to find long-term solutions.

Agaciro Development Fund is a Rwanda’s first solidarity fund based on voluntary donations.

This Fund was initiated by Rwandans, at the 2011 Umushyikirano (National Dialogue), to fast-track and own their development and improve the level of financial autonomy of Rwanda as a nation. The dialogue will decide how Agaciro funds will used and where it will be channeled.

The Dialogue comes against the backdrop of hard-hitting aid cuts by western countries over allegations that Rwanda has been backing the M23 rebel group in DRC, a charge Kigali denies.

President Paul Kagame recently warned his countrymen against reliance on handouts by donor countries, saying Rwandans should remember that lack should constitute motivation.

“Why should a citizen of another country have an obligation to feed me forever? This is almost blasphemy,” said Kagame during a key address to professionals who had gathered at Kigali Serena Hotel to contribute to the dignity fund commonly known as Agaciro.

Established by article 186 of the Rwanda Constitution, the National Dialogue brings together the President of the Republic and representatives of councils of local administrative entities with legal status elected by their peers.

It’s chaired by the President and attended by members of the Cabinet and Parliament, and such others as may be determined by the President.

Discussions are to be open to everyone beside the participants in the Parliament Building. Proceedings will be aired live on Rwanda TV as well as Radio Rwanda. Live updates will also be available through Twitter and Facebook.

People will able to send in their questions and comments through these platforms as well SMS and telephone using a toll free number.


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