Kagame Says COVID-19 Has Hindered Rwanda’s Progress

President Kagame has said that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of citizens, the economy, and hindered Rwanda’s pace of progress.

He said that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected all parts of the world including Rwanda.

“We are taking the right measures to protect ourselves but there are consequences we can’t avoid…We protect ourselves from the virus itself but it has resulted in disruptions to development activities,” he said on Thursday while presiding over the swearing ceremony of new senators.

President Kagame was sad that his government is doing everything possible within its means to mitigate the consequences of this pandemic. “But the solutions to these challenges don’t come as fast as we wish, it requires perseverance.”

Meanwhile, the President said that the new senators bring to the Senate new blood, experience, and diverse skills to help move forward the country’s journey of rebuilding at the right pace.

“These new senators were selected from us, Rwandans, and represent Rwandans from all walks of life. We want all Rwandans, irrespective of their origins and beliefs, to have a voice,” he said.

The four new senstors include Jean-Pierre Dusingizemungu, Epiphanie Kanziza, André Twahirwa, and Evode Uwizeyimana. They were appointed by the President last week.

Kagame said that Rwandans understand the Senate as their eyes, ears, and heart that follow up on citizens’ priorities and oversee government activities. “Our job as leaders requires a commitment to deliver on our promises and Rwandans’ expectations.”

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