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Scary Spice Mel is friends with the 56-year-old’s grown up children Ivan and Ange, who asked her to their family palace in East Africa.
The mum-of-three said: “Christmas is different every year. Last year we were in Australia and it was lovely but this year we’ve decided to go to Rwanda. We’ve got this amazing trip planned and we’re staying with the president, Paul Kagame.”
This is the inaugural post on the new RwandaWire news wire and blog.
KAMPALA- A planned East African Community summit in Kampala, due next weekend, has been thrown into confusion after Rwanda reportedly said it is “not interested” in taking up the rotational chair of the regional bloc.
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo confirmed late on Friday that a crowded domestic schedule, with landmark political observances in 2014, prompted discussions to have another country hold the rotational chair. President Paul Kagame was due to assume the community’s chairmanship during the Heads of State Summit in Kampala, due next Saturday.
“Yes, there have been consultations to skip Rwanda; the coming year is a busy time for Rwanda, with multiple activities related to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the genocide and 20 years of liberation,” said Ms Mushikiwabo, also the government spokesperson. “The matter will be decided upon by the heads of state during their [November 30] summit.”
Kigali 8 November 2013
Today President Paul Kagame opened a two-day retreat for Cabinet members on Ndi Umunyarwanda campaign themed “Critically examining our dark history towards shaping a bright future: Leadership responsibility in driving Ndi Umunyarwanda”.
At the opening of the retreat, President Kagame told Cabinet members that the aim of the Ndi Umunyarwanda initiative is to discuss about our problems as Rwandans and find sustainable solutions.
“We are who we are as a nation and we can’t change that. What we can change is choices we make about our lives. We can’t just solve easy problems and ignore their root causes,” he said.
This retreat comes after the one held by Parliament’s in Gabiro last month on the same topic. Ndi Umunyarwanda is an initiative that was born out of the recent YouthConnektDialogue, which aimed at looking beyond what divides Rwandans to have a nation built on trust, to have open dialogue, telling the truth, repentance, forgiveness and healing to strengthen the culture of accountability as well as unity and reconciliation.