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The heads of government from Commonwealth countries including President Museveni are expected between today and tomorrow to tackle some of the challenges like the food security due to the Ukraine conflict, climate change, Insecurity in some of the member countries as well as human rights.
24 Jun 2022 17:56
Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting in Rwanda. President Museveni was the only head of govrnment with a mask

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The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) has opened in Rwanda’s capital Kigali as leaders meet to discuss some of the challenges in the 54-member organization.

In a speech at the opening ceremony Prince Charles, who was representing Queen Elizabeth said it was up to member countries to choose between being a republic or a monarchy.

“I want to say clearly, as I have said before, that each member’s Constitutional arrangement, as republic or monarchy, is purely a matter for each member country to decide.

“The benefit of long life brings me the experience that arrangements such as these can change, calmly and without rancor,” Prince Charles Said

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The Prince of Wales also called on the commonwealth to ensure a better future for the young people.

“In a diversity of the 2.6 billion people, on whose behalf you speak, comes great strength which you could use to speak up to the values which bind us to invest in a rapid transition to a sustainable future and to create opportunities for our young people,” said the 73-year Prince.

The outgoing Chair of the Commonwealth, also British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said that as the world comes out of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat of climate change still remains.

“The pandemic posed a common threat to all humanity and the same is true of the catastrophic climate change,” said Johnson, who has been chair of CHOGM since 2018.

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The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland QC, underlined the shared values of the group.

“The Commonwealth has shared interests and practical advantages, but we are the most significant grouping of countries in the history of the world which is bound, above all, by values which we all aspire to," she said. "These values of peace and justice, of tolerance, respect and solidarity - and our role as the foremost international champion for small and vulnerable states – remain our enduring responsibility."

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame paid tribute to the head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for her devoted service to the Commonwealth. He said the Commonwealth has grown over the Queen’s over 70 years of service.

The Rwandan leader whose government is hosting the meeting after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown equally spoke about the need for action about climate change.

“The Commonwealth we need is on the frontlines of global challenges not on the periphery watching things unfold,” urged Kagame who is taking over as Chair of CHOGM.

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The heads of government from Commonwealth countries including President Museveni are expected between today and tomorrow to tackle some of the challenges like food security due to the Ukraine conflict, climate change, Insecurity in some of the member countries as well as human rights.