As the country readies itself for the 9th National Dialogue (Umushyikirano) scheduled for December 15 to 16, technology is already taking centre stage, depicting how highly interactive the proceedings will be over the two days.
With everyone not being able to make it to the Parliamentary buildings, the 9th National Dialogue has been planned in a way that all Rwandans in and outside the country will be able to participate in the discussions without necessarily going to the venue.
According to Ignatius Kabagambe, a Director General in the Prime Minister’s office and a member of the organizing committee, a big number of Rwandans compared to last year is expected to take part in the proceedings.
In an interview with Igihe.com, Kabagambe said that the two-day meeting to be presided over by President Paul Kagame is expected to be highly interactive, calling upon all Rwandans to use the various means of technology at their disposal to take part in the discussions.
“People will not only be able to follow the proceedings live on Television and Radio but also they will be able to follow live proceedings at www.umushyikirano.gov.rw and www.orinfor.gov.rw, from wherever they are,”
“On top of the live-call ins, people will have other provisions to participate over the two days using Twitter and Facebook which are also attached on the websites. Their messages will be delivered directly,” Kabagambe said.
By press time, the Twitter page @umushyikirano specially set up for the 9th National Dialogue had already attracted over 100 tweets while people will be required to #9thNationalDialogue for their contributions to be seen.
Special toll free lines 0252585268 and 0252585267 have also been set up for people to call in during the discussions to voice their concerns directly.
Kabagambe confirmed that Igihe.com will be in parliament to give you the latest news as they happen, over the two-days and beyond.
“People from all over the world will be able to follow live updates of the proceedings from our partners Igihe.com which will be in Parliament providing constant updates in different languages,” Kabagambe said.
It should be noted that last year over 100, 000 Rwandans participated by calling in on a live call-in telephone line and a direct SMS line as well as on internet. The dialogue was also streamed live, especially for Rwandans in the Diaspora to follow.
Majority of the tweets sent last evening indicate that citizens are optimistic that the 9th National Dialogue will act as a major platform to address the concerns people face. Major among those is the issue of service delivery, fast tracking the 12 Year Basic Education as well as the agriculture sector.