The New Times (Kigali)

Rwanda: Celebrate the Festive Season Responsibly

editorial

THE festive season is here. It is a special time of the year and a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and set resolutions for the New Year. If you set resolutions at the beginning of 2012, it is time to evaluate if you have achieved them and if not what can you do to deliver on your resolutions for 2013.

It is also a time to take stock of the achievements registered during the year. The festive season comes with excitement and celebrations. But holidays also give rise to greater safety hazards than would normally occur. It is important to take precaution and keep safe during the festive season.

The rate of accidents is normally much higher during the festive season. Grisly road accidents tend to put a dark spot on the festivities. Such tragedies can be avoided if we celebrate responsibly. Over indulgence in alcohol tends to be high during this period and it is one of the causes of the road carnages during festivities. It is vital to avoid drink-driving during this season. We all want to make it to the New Year alive. For Rwandans the festivities will begin much earlier as they join Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) to celebrate the Party's 25th Silver Jubilee. The celebration is a land mark in the history of the country. After 25 years, Rwandans are celebrating not only democracy but also 18 years of social-economic transformation and development.

Use the festive season to reflect on how far you have come as an individual and where you want to be in 2013. As a country we should use this period to reflect on the achievements over the last eighteen years and how we can make the next decade a better one to make Rwanda a better country.

At the end of the festive season, we should not get alarming statistics from police of accidents and deaths as a result irresponsible acts during the festive season.

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