President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame joined Madagascar citizens to celebrate a colorful 59th Anniversary of the country’s independence and Armed Forces day.
President Kagame accompanied by First Lady Jeannette Kagame were received by president of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina and First Lady Mialy Rajoelina.
“Tongasoa (Welcome) Madagascar is honored to celebrate the 59th anniversary of the Return of Independence alongside Rwanda,” Rajoelina said on Twitter.
The two Presidents and First Ladies held brief talks before heading to Mahamasina Municipal Stadium, in the capital Antananarivo, where the anniversary celebrations took place this Wednesday.
The stadium was fully packed as men, women and children waving both Rwanda and Madgascar flags as they watched a two-hours-fully packed display of fire arms, weapons and machinery including firefighting and marines’ services to mark achievement 59 years ago.
In a theatric play scene using rubber bullets and African tools like pangas, a Malagasy art and culture troop used these dynamics of herdsmen lifestyle, to demonstrate the independence struggle in which citizens fought the French colonial rule.
On June 26, 1960 the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, gained independence from the French colonialist.
It is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of South Eastern Africa.