The speech is usually delivered at ‘Umushyikirano’ (National Dialogue Council) which has been cancelled due to COVID-19 preventive measures.
As the council was canceled last week, the cabinet meeting announced that the President of the Republic will hold an interactive session with citizens and members of the press during which he will deliver ‘State of the Nation’ address on 21st December 2020.
The speech is expected to comfort Rwandans especially during these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic which has destabilized the economy and well-being at large.
The ‘State of the Nation’ address is stipulated by the constitution under the article 98 which determines duties of President of the Republic.
The third paragraph reads that President of the Republic delivers ‘State of the Nation’ address once every year.