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President Kagame's Tribute to The Late Meles Zenawi

Addis Ababa, 2 September 2012

Your excellency Hailemariam Desalegn

Family of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi; Mrs. Azeb Mesfin and the children

Excellencies Heads of State and Government

Leaders of Ethiopia

Brothers and sisters of this great nation of Ethiopia

We join you in mourning and paying tribute to a great man, a great son of Ethiopia who is also ours as a continent. But we also celebrate his rich life that has touched millions of people in Africa and across the world. His was a life of immense courage, vision and enterprise which he devoted to the advancement of his fellow citizens in this country and across Africa. We gather here to recognise his remarkable achievements that have made us all proud – Ethiopians, Africans and beyond.

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President Kagame in Addis Ababa to pay tribute to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Addis Ababa, 1 September 2012

President Kagame has arrived in Ethiopia today where he will attend funeral ceremonies of the Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who passed away last week.

President Kagame will this evening pay his respects at the Grand Palace in Addis Ababa where he will sign the condolence book and lay a wreath by casket where the late Prime Minister lies in state.

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Tony Blair visits Rwanda to reinforce capacity building programme

Kigali, 31 August 2012

President Kagame on Friday, 31 August met with Tony Blair who was on a two-day visit to Rwanda. Mr Blair also met with staff from the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), working with the government of Rwanda.

President Kagame and Mr Blair discussed Rwanda’s progress in reducing poverty, and the government of Rwanda’s efforts to build the capacity of the public sector to achieve the country's development goals. AGI supports these efforts as part of the innovative Strategic Capacity Building Initiative (SCBI) launched last year.

Mr Blair also met with Finance Minister, John Rwangombwa and the Rwandan young professionals and international experts recruited as part of the SCBI.

President Kagame receives President Guebuza of Mozambique

Kigali, 28 August 2012

President Kagame today received Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of Mozambique and current Chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). President Guebuza was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Oldemiro Baloi and the executive secretary of SADC, Tomaz Salomao.

During their meeting, President Kagame and President Guebuza discussed the current unrest in Eastern DRC and clarified that the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR) is leading the process to resolve the problems in the DRC, including inviting other organizations to contribute to ongoing efforts. President Guebuza pointed out SADC’s preparedness to play a positive role in the process and requested the SADC secretariat to coordinate efforts with ICGLR.

President Kagame visits Gicumbi

Gicumbi, 27 August 2012

President Kagame today visited Gicumbi District, Northern Province, where he was received by thousands of residents in Mukarange sector. On arrival, President Kagame visited Gervais Uzabakiriho, a successful farmer who rose from rags to riches, starting from one cow donated to him by Heifer project, to 10 cows which have enabled him to transform his family to become one of the richest in the District.

President Kagame told the Gicumbi residents that they should be at the forefront in guarding what has been achieved over the years because, more than anyone else, they relate so much to the liberation struggle:

“We have seen so much transformation in this region over the years and many projects are ongoing while others are in the pipeline. When you build something, your desire is to see it last for generations. People of this area are so much part of the history of our liberation and story of transformation. If anybody should stand up and jealously guard what has been achieved, it should be you at the front.”

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