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Reshuffle: Kagame Shakes Government, Makes Big Replacements




President Kagame has appointed Senator Dr. Richard Sezibera to replace outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo who was recently elected head of the Francophonie Organisation, IOF.

The President also appointed a new Defence Minister, Major General Albert Murasira, replacing General James Kabarebe, who was appointed as Senior Defense and Security Advisor in the Office of the President.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police has been elevated while his former IGP Emmanuel .K Gasana appointed Governor of the Southern Province.

The new IGP is deputised by CP NTAMUHORANYE Felix in charge of Operations and MARIZAMUNDA Juvenal Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Administration and Personnel.

Col (Rtd) Anaclet KALIBATA who has been running the Immigration and Emigration for long is transferred to the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

The new Director General of Immigration and Emigration is Lieutenant Colonel Regis GATARAYIHA.

Another surprising appointment is that of former infrastructure Minister James Musoni who has been appointed the Amabassador of Rwanda to Zimbabwe. He had been dropped out of cabinet recently.

Prof. Anastase Shyaka replaces Francis Kaboneka as Minister of Minister of Local Government. Prof Shyaka was CEO for Rwanda Governance Board.

Trade and Industry Minister is now Soraya Hakuziyaremye, replacing Vincent Munyeshaya.

Minister of ICT and Innovation is Paula Ingabire.

Minister of Gender and Family Promotion is now Solina Nyirahabimana.

Nyirasafari Esperence replaces Julien Uwacu as Minister of Sports and Culture.

Kamayirese Germaine appointed Minister in Charge of Emergency Management.

Judith UWIZEYE is still Minister in the Office of the President while Marie Solange KAYISIRE is Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister in charge of Cabinet Affairs.

Dr. Uzziel NDAGIJIMANA retains his job as Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Amb. Claver Gatete maintains his portfolio as Minister of Infrastructure as well as Dr. Vincent Biruta for Minister of Environment, and remains the only Minister who has served longer in cabinet than the rest.

Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources remains MUKESHIMANA Geraldine while Dr. MUTIMURA Eugene retains Education portfolio.

MBABAZI Rosemary also remains Minister of Youth, Johnston for Minister of Justice and Attorney General and RWANYINDO KAYIRANGWA Fanfan as Minister of Public Service and Labour.

Health Minister is still Dr. GASHUMBA Diane while Dr. MUKABARAMBA Alvera continues as Minister of State in charge of Social Affairs.

Dr. UWERA Claudine has still holds her job as Minister of State in charge of Economic Planning same as UWIZEYIMANA Evode for Minister of State in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs.

Dr. MUNYAKAZI Isaac is still Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education while Dr. NDIMUBANZI Patrick is still Minister of State in charge of Primary Healthcare.

UWIHANGANYE Jean de Dieu is still Minister of State in charge of Transport and NDUHUNGIREHE Olivier Minister of State in charge of the East African Community.

MUKAZAYIRE Nelly is the new CEO Rwanda Convention Bureau.

MUSABYIMANA Jean Claude is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and IRERE Claudette is in the same position for the Ministry of ICT and Innovation.

Richard Tushabe has left Rwanda Revenue Authority and is now Director General Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB), deputised by

RWANKUNDA Christian in charge of Funds Management.

The new taxman is BIZIMANA RUGANINTWALI Pascal deputised by KANYANGEYO Agnes.


New ICC Prosecutor Karim Asad Takes Oath



The International Criminal Court officially has a new Prosecutor that begun working on Wednesday after taking oath at a ceremony held at the Seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC a national of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will serve as Prosecutor for a period of nine years.

“I solemnly undertake that I will perform my duties and exercise my powers as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court honourably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously, and that I will respect the confidentiality of investigations and prosecutions,” Khan declared.

Khan then signed his oath before the ICC Registrar, Mr Peter Lewis, and delivered his first remarks as the Prosecutor of the ICC.

“The Rome Statute architecture is a promise to the future that tomorrow need not be as bleak and sorrowful as yesterday”, stated Prosecutor Khan.

“I am truly and sincerely humbled at my opportunity to serve, and the responsibilities that have been entrusted in me. I will do my outmost to discharge those responsibilities without fear or favour, faithfully and with integrity, and in full conformity with solemn declaration that I have just given”, he added.

Subject to provisions of Article 45 of the Rome Statute, founding treaty of the ICC, the ceremony was held in open court.

The ceremony was presided over by ICC President, Judge Piotr Hofmański.

“While Judges are the ones who ultimately decide on the verdict in each case, it is also true that those cases would never reach the judges without the Prosecutor’s decision to bring them to court,” President Hofmański noted.

He also said that It is the Prosecutor who is responsible for the way in which preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions are conducted, and how evidence for the prosecution is selected and presented.

“On behalf of the Court, I offer heartfelt congratulations to Mr Karim Asad Ahmad Khan QC. As President of the Court, I look forward to working with him to strengthen our joint institution”, he added.

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Nigeria National Defence College Students On A Study Tour In Rwanda



A delegation of 28 senior military officers from the National Defence College of Nigeria is in Rwanda for a regional study tour from 12 to 19 June 2021.

The delegation, led by Brig Gen Aniedi EDET paid a courtesy call to Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Army Chief of Staff (ACOS) Lieutenant General Mubarakh Muganga after which they received a presentation on the RDF roles and organisation.

The Team leader and Director of Coordination of the visiting team spoke at length on their tour in Rwanda, thanking RDF for a warm welcome extended to the delegation so far.

“For this year, we are eight teams going to other parts of the world, but team seven came to Rwanda to particularly explore the strides achieved in the area of Digital healthcare in Rwanda and draw lessons

General EDET noted that the selection of Rwanda was mainly motivated by the existing partnership between Rwanda and Nigeria. “Rwanda is a very strategic partner to Nigeria…”  Rwanda and Nigerian militaries have exchange training programme at the senior command and staff course level that has been going on for quite some time.

The delegation from NDC started their official tour yesterday. They visited Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre where they paid respect to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

During their week-long tour, the delegation will also visit the Ministry of Health, Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), Rwanda Information Society Authority (RISA), Zigama CSS, Military Medical Insurance, Rwanda Military Hospital, Campaign Against Genocide Museum, Huye Museum and other key government and public institutions.

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12 Young Rwandan Leaders Selected To Participate in The 2021 YALI Fellowship



The U.S. Embassy has announced that twelve dynamic and experienced young Rwandans have been selected to participate in the 2021 Young African Leadership Initiative, Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and with the health, safety, and well-being of Fellows and Partners as the highest priority, the 2021 will be organized virtually.

While participating at home, Fellows will participate in virtual Leadership Institute, which will include leadership training, mentoring, and professional development. Each Institute will offer insights into U.S. society and will help strengthen connections between the United States and Africa by establishing partnerships between Fellows, local communities, and private businesses.  Fellows will also network with U.S. community members.

After their Leadership Institutes, Fellows will participate in a virtual Summit.  Additionally, up to 100 competitively-selected Fellows will virtually engage in professional development with U.S. organizations in the public, private, or non-profit sector.  

Fellows can participate in alumni programming after their Fellowships to further build their professional skills and networks.

Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the U.S. commitment to invest in the future of Africa.

YALI was created in 2010 and supports young Africans as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.  

Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Since the inaugural of Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship last held in 2014, there are 66 Rwandans that have been awarded to attend the prestigious Fellowship.

This year’s recipients include, Marie Christelle Igihozo, Mary Musoni, Niceson Karungi, Elie Habimana, Jean Claude Mbonigaba, Sheila Uwase, Germaine Umuraza, Shilla Ndegeya, Gisele Kayitasirwa Ituze, Jean Paul Sekarema, Donat Nzigiyimana, and Justin Byiringiro Murengera.

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