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Reshuffle: Kagame Shakes Government, Makes Big Replacements

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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.

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Minister Ugirashebuja In DRC For EAPCCO General Meeting

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, on Friday, October 15, attended the 23rd Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) annual general meeting in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The meeting for Council of Ministers responsible for Police affairs in the 14-member countries, preceded the Council of Police Chiefs held on Thursday under the theme “Enhancing law Enforcement Strategies in Combating Transnational Organized Crimes in the Wake of COVID-19 and Beyond.”

EAPCCO member states are Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The ministers appreciated EAPCCO member countries for their effort in combating terrorism and transnational organized crimes through enhanced cooperation and collaboration.

While officially opening the meeting, the Prime Minister and Chief of Government for DRC, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, emphasized the importance of sub-regional organizations in the fight against transnational organized crimes.

“There is need to foster cooperation and to build capacity of law enforcement officers, continually share information and conduct due diligence on suspects,” Lukonde said.

He commended member countries for the continued support to DRC President, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo in his roles as the current President of African Union.

DR Congo took over the chairmanship for both councils of Police Chiefs and ministers responsible for the Police affairs, from Tanzania.

The ministers welcomed the decision by the Council of Police Chiefs to elevate the Marine Police College in Mwanza, Tanzania to EAPCCO Centre of Excellence in Maritime Police training.

DR Congo was also given the responsibility to establish a regional operation unit under EAPCCO Counter Terrorism Centre of Excellence (CTCoE) to collect, analyze and disseminate terrorism related information for action.

Other resolutions include expediting EAPCCO Centers of Excellence by host countries, strengthening sharing of crime-related information on transnational organized crimes and heightening the use of Interpol policing capabilities to facilitate the process.

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Thomas Sankara’s Assassination Trial Adjourned To October 21

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Burkina Faso’s former president Thomas Sankara was assassinated 34 years ago in a military coup bringing an end to a charismatic Marxist revolutionary widely known as ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’.

Immediately after Sankara’s murder, his wife Mariam Sankara and their two children Philippe Sankara and Auguste Sankara fled to Burkina Faso in 1987.

Thomas Sankara seized power in a 1983 coup at the age of 33 with promises to tackle corruption and the dominance of former colonial powers.

Mariam Sankara on Monday flew back to Ouagadougou for the opening of the trial of her husband’s murder. 14 people are accused of plotting the assassination.

Among the accused includes Blaise Compaore the man who was a close ally to Mr Sankara. Blaise Compaore led a military coup that toppled Sankara and his immediate execution.

Compaore went on to rule the West African nation for almost three decades before he himself was ousted and fled to neighbouring Ivory Coast.

This trial has been highly awaited as the murder of Sankara has mysterious ramifications and has remained a very sensitive subject across the continent.

At the opening trial, Compaore was not present. The former first lady told media that the absence of former president Blaise Compaoré, the main suspect in her husband’s assassination, was a “shame”, adding: “I really hope that this trial will shed some light.”

However, Compaore’s lawyers said on Friday that he would not attend the trial, and Ivory Coast has refused to extradite him.

She said, “this trial is needed so that the culture of impunity and violence that still rages in many African countries, despite the democratic facade, stops indefinitely.”

Other suspects in the murder of Sankara include; Hyacinthe Kafando (Compaore’s former head of security), Gen. Gilbert Diendere, a former spy-master.

According to details, the hearing was held in the Ouaga2000 conference centre in the capital, Ouagadougou. Twelve other defendants appeared at the hearing and all pleaded not guilty.

The military tribunal opened the proceedings, then adjourned the hearing until Oct. 25, after defence lawyers asked for more time to prepare their case, court officials said.

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Rwanda Police Chief Attends EAPCCO General Meeting In DRC

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dan Munyuza, on Thursday, October 14, attended the meeting of Council of Police Chiefs (CPC) from the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The CPC was part of the 23rd EAPCCO Annual General Meeting and it was held under the theme: “Enhancing law enforcement strategies in combating transnational organized crimes in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”

EAPCCO is a regional 14-member bloc established in 1998 to strengthen police cooperation and joint strategies, share crime-related information and harmonize laws to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies to combat transnational organized crime.

The CPC discussed measures to enhance regional capacity and cooperation in combating organized crime, including emerging terrorism trends and implications in the region, countering terrorism and violent extremism as well as reviewing the implementation of EAPCCO adopted resolutions.

It also looked at the status of EAPCCO Regional Counter Terrorism Centre of Excellence (CTCoE), adopted and signed the Mifugo Protocol and EAPCCO CTCoE Establishment Agreement.

The Mifugo Protocol elaborates strategies to prevent, combat and eradicate cattle rustling in Eastern Africa.

The EAPCCO member countries are Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Comoros, DRC, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Sudan, and Tanzania.

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