For the first time, the President Paul Kagame will award the inaugural Igihango National Order of Friendship medals, according to a statement by the Government’s Communications office.
Nine recipients will be bestowed in a ceremony taking place on Saturday 18 November 2017, to recognize their exemplary service to the nation.
“Igihango, the National Order of Outstanding Friendship is awarded to distinguished individuals who performed specific outstanding acts in promoting friendship and cooperation between Rwanda and other countries, as well as acts that promoted the dignity and honor of the People and Nation of Rwanda, on the international scene,” the Minister of Culture, Julienne Uwacu is quoted in the statement.
Without specifying whether the recipients are nationals or foreigners, Minister Uwacu told The New Times that more details will be communicated during the event.
This awarding ceremony is governed by the Presidential Order determining the nature, awarding and declaration of national orders.
Besides Igihango, other National Orders are: National Order Of Honour (Agaciro), National Order Of Performance (Indashyikirwa), National Order Of Culture (Indangamirwa) and National Order Of Bravery (Indengabaganizi).