President Kagame To Address The Nation #rwanda #RwOT

President Paul Kagame is scheduled to address the nation on Monday afternoon

'Will deliver the State of the Nation Address and hold a virtual press conference followed by an interactive session with citizens across the country,' the Presidency said.

This address comes a time the nation has suffered devastating effects of Covid-19 pandemic that pushed the country into a total lockdown in March- since then the anti covid-19 measures put in place by the government have paralysed or scaled down the normal functioning of all sectors of the economy.

Since march Rwanda has 7,293 cases recorded as of Sunday, 6,091 have recovered from the deadly virus and the country has lost a total of 63 persons due to the pandemic.

President Kagame is expected to highlight the effects of Covid-19 on the nation and encourage citizens to collectively work together to revive the economy while observing all measures aimed at preventing further spread of the pandemic.

The Proximity of Rwanda's immediate neighbours makes it a matter of concern for Rwandans and would be very keen on any mention about such relations with neighbours. A no mention too would not harm.

On Diplomacy, President Kagame is expected to highlight Rwanda's performance especially. Rwanda has since March 2019 kept her border with Northern neighbour Uganda closed over unresolved points. The border closure has had a deep negative impact on cross border trading and movement of people.

For Burundi, there is still an unclear position on how the two countries will forge a new path- the situation looks sketchy as both sides seem on the let-me-wait-and-see position. Burundi closed its borders about five years ago.

In August, Rwanda and Burundi negotiated a path towards enforcing security at their common border, a move aimed at ending longstanding hostilities.

Rwanda's top diplomat Vincent Biruta met his Burundian counterpart Albert Shingiro at the Nemba-Gasenyi border point as part of efforts to kickstart efforts to resolve outstanding bilateral issues.

'This meeting is part of a shared desire to assess the state of bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries and to agree on the modalities of their normalization,' the diplomats said in a joint statement.

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