On the occasion of the celebration of the 238th anniversary of the United States Independence on July 4th, Ambassador Mushingi hosted a reception in the NEC. Prime Minister Tiao, First Lady Chantal Compaore and members of the Government, political parties as well as Embassy contacts and friends attended the ceremony.
The ceremony started with the presentation of colors by the Marine Guard Detachment, followed by the national anthems of Burkina Faso performed by Rovane, a local artist and departing Assistant Public Affairs Officer LaSean Brown. All sang the anthems accompanied by the Barefoot movement, a U.S. Bluegrass music band invited as Art Envoy.
In his speech, Ambassador Mushingi said “Our commitment continues for a sustainable economic growth and opening up the country” and added that “The United States Constitution was ratified 225 years ago and over the years, we clarified what “Equality” meant and made 27 amendments to the Constitution. Most of the amendments expanded the freedoms of the individual. Others have defined the power of government, such as the 22nd Amendment limiting the presidency to two terms. Today, we Americans remain united on the basis of our understanding that we are all created equal and endowed with inalienable rights, including the right to participate in government.”