KIGALI – President Paul Kagame on Saturday awarded he Igihango National Order of Outstanding Friendship medals to nine people for their “good work and friendship” to Rwanda.
According to New Times, the nine new members of the National Order of Outstanding Friendship include, Hezi Bezalel, Howard G. Buffett, Gilbert R. Chagoury, John W. Dick, Dr. Paul Farmer, Dafroza Mukarumongi-Gauthier, Alain Gauthier, Prof. Linda Melvern and Joseph Ritchie.
Hezi Bezalel, an Israeli businessman was recognized for standing with the country through hard times and for building ties between Israel and Rwanda over the years.
Bezalel who was described as an ‘ally for all seasons’ has been living in Rwanda since 1994, when the country faced genocide.
The American investor and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett was also given the medal. He was described as a ‘visionary of sustainable well-being’ was also honoured.
Buffett has made significant contribution to Rwanda’s agricultural transformation, national parks, as well as security across the great lakes region.
Ambassador Gilbert Chagoury, who was termed as an ‘envoy of goodwill’ played a great role in fostering ties between Rwanda and Vatican at a time when relations were shaky.
Chagoury, a businessman with Nigerian and Lebanese roots continues to act as a counsellor to world leaders and is well known for his philanthropy.
Others are; John Dick, the founder of multi-billion dollar satellite company, O3B, Health founder, Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Farmer, Alain Gauthier and his wife Dafroza Mukarumongi-Gauthier.