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Who Is The New Rwanda Defence Minister?

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Who Is The New Rwanda Defence Minister?

Major General Albert Murasira is the 10th Minister for Defence since Rwanda became independent in 1962.

The Minister for Defence is responsible to the government for all matters concerning the defence policy, the conduct of defence and implementation of defence programmes.

Major General Albert Murasira holds a Masters of Science in Project Management with Merit from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom (2016).

He attended the former National University of Rwanda from 1983 to 1988 where he received a Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics (1986) and Licence in Mathematics (1988).

Major General Murasira holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (2004) and also a Diploma in Defence and Strategic Studies from the National Defence University of PLA-China (2011). 

Commissioned in 1989, he went through all required military courses from Officer Cadet Course up to Defence Strategic Studies and has held various command and staff appointments.

Previous experience includes:

Feb 2012 to Oct 2018: Chief Executive Officer of Zigama Credit and Saving Society

Jan 2007 to Feb 2012: Chief J1 – Joint General Staff in charge of Administration and Human Resource Management at the Rwanda Defence Force

Jan 2006-Jan 2007: Deputy Commandant of Rwanda Military Academy, Gako

Dec 2004-Dec 2005: Staff Officer in African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) in charge of Information Technology in the Communication and Information System Department

Oct 1999-Oct 2004: Director of Planning in the Ministry of Defence, Government of Rwanda.

From 1995 to 1998: Visiting (part-time) Lecturer at the former National University of Rwanda teaching mathematics in the Faculty of Applied Sciences

Major General Albert Murasira was born on 11 November 1962 and is married to Marie Goretti Rafiki with whom he has three children.

He likes sports and playing chess.

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