A cabinet meeting chaired by President Kagame yesterday bid farewell to Minister Louise Mushikiwabo as she hands over office to Dr. Richard Sezibera.
The outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister, who was elected Secretary General of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF), also held a handover ceremony and expressed mixed feelings of happiness and sadness.
Mushikiwabo said during the ceremony that,
“I usually hate biding farewells and relocating. I would like to say we worked well with each other…Just keep up your commitment…” she said.
Just in: Cabinet today welcomed the election of Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo as the next Secretary General of La Francophonie. Cabinet also emphasized strenghening the use of French in education, training and business in Rwanda.
— Government of Rwanda (@RwandaGov) October 24, 2018
She also warmly introduced Dr Sezibera, but said that he is not new. “He is good person… You are in good hands. He is a hard worker. I am leaving happily because the Ministry stays in good hands.”
After handing over the instruments of the office, Mushikiwabo hugged Sezibera and whispered into his ears and then smiled, attracting applause from the audience at the ceremony.
Dr. Sezibera becomes the 21st Foreign Affairs Minister of Rwanda since independence.
He commended Mushikiwabo for a job well done.
“I thank Mushikiwabo for her performance in the Ministry…I know we will keep working together,” he said.
— Richard Sezibera (@rsezibera) October 24, 2018
Sezibera said Rwanda has a friendly foreign policy with a good vision.
As the country develops, diplomacy also develops. We are respected by foreign nations and with the clear vision 2050, he added.
Dr. Sezibera urged his team to serve the country and explained how he likes a cordial working environment.
“It requires us to work faster than others. Our weaknesses should not hinder us to achieve our vision. My office is open for ideas and , please come and we talk and collaborate,” he said.
In 1999, Dr. Sezibera was appointed Ambassador of Rwanda to the USA with concurrent accreditation to Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
He served in the Office of the President of Rwanda as Special Envoy to the African Great Lake Region and Senior Advisor to the President of Rwanda among many other official duties.
In 2008, he was appointed Minister of Health, a position he held until 2011 when he was appointed the East 4th African Community Secretary General.
He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs while he worked as a Senator for the South Province.