Kagame honors Ethiopia's late PM with one-minute silence
Addis Ababa, August 24 (WIC) -In a move that surprised everybody, President Paul Kagame on Thursday asked all people attending a major function in Kigali to stand up for a one-minute moment of silence in honor of former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who died on Monday.
President Kagame was preparing to address the inauguration of the Agaciro Development Fund, a new sovereign fund in which all Rwandans will be encouraged to put any amount of money, which will be used to finance large state projects. But before he could deliver his speech, Kagame asked the conference hall including top officials and diplomats to stand up.
Sounding emotional, President Kagame said a moment of silence would be observed as a gesture of solidarity with the Ethiopian people. Premier Zenawi was not a leader for Ethiopia alone, but an eminent leader for the entire African continent, said Kagame.
"He was a man of dignity," said Kagame, in a low tone.
The latest gesture of honor to the deceased Ethiopian PM from Rwanda comes a day after President Kagame sent a personal message of condolence to the family and people of Ethiopia.
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