This years Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which was due to take place in June in Kigali, the Rwandan Capital has been postponed.
Rwanda won the right to host 2020 CHOGM summit at the end of the 2018 meetings in London, bringing back the meeting to east Africa for the first time since 2007 when it was held in Kampala.
The Commonwealth Secretariat in a statement issued on Tuesday announce the postponement of the meeting.
“As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is necessary to postpone the 26th CHOGM scheduled to take place in Kigali. The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed lives, economies are shrinking, and livelihood have been shattered”, the commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said adding that its difficult to predict what the new normal will look like. We must be mindful of the risks large meetings pose to all. The current circumstances require heroic decisions”.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame acknowledged that combating the pandemic was the priority for every nation.
“In the coming months, every Commonwealth nation will be fully focused on combatting Covid-19 and its socio-economic impact on our people”, Mr Kagame said.
Rwanda has not recorded any death from 150 confirmed cases of COVID-19,. 84 recovered cases has also been reported.