The concept of the National Umushyikirano Council (NUC) is a new appellation of the National Dialogue Council (NDC). While the NDC was provided by Article 168 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 4th June, 2003, the NUC was introduced by Constitutional revision of 2015 in its Article 140, sub-section 5 as per the referendum of 18th December, 2015.  In substance, both NUC and NDC mean the same Umushyikirano.  It is one of the Rwanda’s Home Grown Solutions that brings together the President of the Republic and citizens’ representatives to debate issues relating to the state of the Nation and national unity. Resolutions of this Council are submitted to relevant institutions to enable them to improve their service delivery to the population.

 

The National Umushyikirano Council (NUC) is anchored in the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of the 4th June 2003, by the Article 140 as revised to date. The NUC brings together the President of the Republic and citizens’ representatives and meet at least once a year. The President of the Republic convenes and presides over the NUC and resolutions of this Council are submitted to the relevant institutions to enable them to improve their service delivery to the population. A presidential order may provide for other matters for the National Umushyikirano Council[1].

 

Every year from 2003, Umushyikirano takes place in Kigali, the capital city and its proceedings are always live broadcast on television and radio, and are widely covered in social and print media. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is in charge of the preparation and overall coordination of this national event. National Umushyikirano Council (NUC) is considered as a forum that offers opportunities to share views and opinions shaping Rwanda’s development agenda; it brings together Rwandans of all spheres to discuss and provide solutions and policy guidelines on the strategic orientation of the country for sustainable development.

 

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