The New Times (Kigali)

31 December 2012

Rwanda: Kagame to Deliver State of the Nation Address

PRESIDENT Paul Kagame is expected to officially address the nation in the second ever State of the Nation speech today.

Following the 2010 constitutional amendment, it is a prerequisite that the Head of State delivers a State of the Nation address annual ly.

President Kagame delivered the maiden State of the Nation address to Parliament last year in February.

In a function expected to be attended by government leaders, legislators, diplomatic corps, representatives of the civil society and the private sector.

President Kagame is expected to take a retrospective look at events since the beginning of the year and map the way forward.

Also among other key issues, the President is expected to address economic and social matters.

Today's address will be the second since the constitution was amended.

In his first State of the Nation address, President Kagame highlighted the country's achievements since 1994.

He cited bad leadership, ethnic divisions, poverty and social injustices, as some of the issues the country has overcome.

The Head of State said that after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the country had to start from a low base, rebuilding almost everything, to come up with a "new Rwanda" that every Rwandan desired.

As one of the world's fastest growing economies, Rwanda has made tremendous progress since the last time the President delivered his State of The Nation's address.

It is on this note that the achievements registered will dominate the President's speech.

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