President Paul Kagame said he is hopeful that 2021 will be a better year compared to 2020, given the challenges the country encountered, resulting from the New Coronavirus pandemic.
The Head of State made the observation in his New Year message which was aired on Thursday, 9pm, as opposed to mid night when the country is ringing in the New year.
With no fireworks or merry making, the speech was aired when all people were expected to be home, given the 8pm curfew.
“We begin this New Year with confidence because Rwanda has made progress in many areas despite the challenges in 2020. This means that we can do more, after we have put this pandemic behind us,”
“The lesson of the past year is that when we remain disciplined and united, we stay safe. We must all remain vigilant in the months ahead before the vaccine arrives,” President Kagame said.
Rwanda hopes to secure the first batch of vaccines between March or April 2021 if all goes well.
“Because of your commitment, dedication and love for the country we all share, this coming year will be better than the one we just had. So, let us take good care of ourselves and each other,”
“This was to mark the end of the year and the beginning of another, because we discussed the rest of the issues when I delivered the State of the Nation Address. My family and I wish all of you and your loved ones a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2021. God bless you,” President Kagame said in his brief message.
The Head of State later shared a photo with her smiling granddaughter as they ushered in the New Year, wishing all Rwandans a happy new year.