Rwanda on Monday joined the rest of the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth to celebrate the annual Commonwealth Day.
Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration observed by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.
The celebration is taking place at time Rwanda prepares to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June this year after the event was postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
CHOGM was due to have been held in Kigali in June 2020 but was postponed that year and also in 2021 after it was deemed unsafe for the delegates to convene in Rwanda at a time the pandemic was still raging.
The ceremony of raising the flag, which is done by every member country of this bloc, brings greater understanding and appreciation of the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter (a document of the values and aspirations which unite the Commonwealth).
The theme of Commonwealth Day states ‘Delivering a Common Future’, which is traditionally aligned with the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
Rwanda will assume the role of Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth for the next 2 years.
Rwanda joined the Commonwealth in 2009, becoming the second member state to be admitted into this organisation without any direct colonial ties to Britain, after Mozambique.