On Saturday, November 18th, I, among 8 other distinguished ladies and gentlemen, had the distinct honor of being awarded the “Igihango”, National Order of Outstanding Friendship medal.
The nine new members of the National Order of Outstanding Friendship include, Hezi Bezalel, Howard G. Buffett, John W. Dick, Dr. Paul Farmer, Dafroza Mukarumongi-Gauthier, Alain Gauthier, Prof. Linda Melvern and Joseph Ritchie.
I was was termed as an ‘envoy of goodwill’ because I played a great role in fostering ties between Rwanda and the Vatican at a time when relations were shaky.
“The purpose of our various National Orders is to honor extraordinary contributions to our national life. Doing so serves to inspire our young people to conduct their lives with the highest principles and ambitions. This ceremony will therefore be a regular occurrence, allowing us in due course to recognize the many others whose achievements fortify our country,” Kagame said.
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