Today at the UK High Commission the British High Commissioner to Rwanda Omar Daair engaged the media in a Question and Answer session as he addressed different topics including the UK and Rwanda Asylum deal and the preparations for CHOGM
The partnership between Rwanda and the UK is considered to be a bold, unique and innovative approach that will provide a safe haven to those seeking asylum.
But to critics of Rwanda, the UK is making an inhumane move by sending asylum seekers to Rwanda; for example there is concern about what the experience of LGBT asylum seekers would be when they get to Rwanda.
“It’s true that in Rwanda there are no specific laws that protect the LGBT communities but the constitution very clearly outlaws all discrimination against any individual based on their identities and that includes LGBT individuals, I think that is a positive thing.’ Omar Daair
The commonwealth heads of states and governments meeting which is set to begin on Monday, 20 June, has excited Rwandans in different fields with many hoping to cash in from the large number of delegates. CHOGM will bring together different people including the Royal Highnesses; The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and members of the Commonwealth.
“I’m very confident that the people who are coming in as delegates are going to enjoy themselves so much. They’re going to see that Rwanda is a beautiful country with wonderful nature, with very hospitable people, arts and culture that is great, there’s history here So I have no doubt that they will have a good time. If you force me to say one thing that could be improved, it is the speed at which one’s order is prepared and delivered at a restaurant, that bit is always very slow.”Follow @Davishigiro