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Rwanda Permanent Secretaries and Director Generals reshuffles

Kigali – The Wednesday’s cabinet meeting made appointments of Permanent Secretaries and announced major changes in top government institutions.

Permanent Secretaries

? Pascal Bizimana Rugemintwari is appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice replacing Esperance Nyirasafari.

? Antoine Ruvebana takes over as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugee Affairs

? Caroline Kayonga is transferred to the newly merged Ministry of Natural Resources.

? Edward Kalisa, the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth is appointed the Permanent Secretary in the newly merged Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.


? Col. Alloys G. Muganga, the former commandant of Rwanda Military Academy Gako in Eastern Province is appointed Defence Liaison Officer at the East African Community

? Former Police boss, Brig. Gen. Andrew Rwigamba, takes over the post of Director General in charge of Foreign Military Relations and Cooperation at the Ministry of Defence, after several years sitting at home.

? Dr. Alphonse Ngagi is appointed Chair of the Board of Directors at The National Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD)

? Prof. Nick Johnson is appointed the Rector of the National Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD).

? Prof. Shem Martin Ndabikunze is now Director General of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)

? Dr. Dafrose Gahakwa is named Deputy Director General of Rwanda Agriculture Research Institute (ISAR).

? Dr. Theogene Rutagwenda, the former Director General Rwanda Animal Resources Development Authority (RARDA) is appointed Director General of Animal Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

? Alex Kanyankore, the former Director General of the Coffee Development Authority (OCIR-CAFÉ) is now the Director General National Agriculture Export Board.

? Joy Ntare is Rwanda’s representative to the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI).

May 13, 2011   No Comments

RNC calls upon the USA and the UK to support peaceful and democratic reforms in Rwanda

par Theogene Rudasingwa.

Theogene Rudasingwa

RNC calls upon the United States and the U.K. Governments, and the rest of the international community, to use the leverage of their strong links with the government of Rwanda to support democratic change and respect for fundamental human rights by the state institutions.

We recommend the following measures are necessary to convey an unequivocal message to the Government of Rwanda that it must carry out reforms to ensure respect of the legitimate demands of the citizens of Rwanda for freedom:

(a) Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners;

(b) Demanding an end to persecution (including arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture; involuntary disappearances and extra-judicial killings) of government opponents and critics and their relatives;

(c) An end to the practice of channeling the development assistance directly into budget support, and conditioning the development assistance that the UK, USA and international community provide to the Rwanda government on political reforms, including opening up political space;

(d) Using regional and United Nations human rights mechanisms to ensure that President Kagame and his security officials are held accountable for gross human rights violations that are committed against innocent citizens;

(e) Encouraging the government of Rwanda to agree to a comprehensive and unconditional dialogue with the opposition on ways for resolving the political impasse, engulfing Rwanda;

f) Calling on the United Nations, the African Union, UNHCR, the international community and member states to prevent the impending application of the cessation clause (end of 2011) for the Rwandan refugees, and instead support creating an enabling environment within Rwanda for their voluntary and peaceful repatriation; and,

g) Supporting a political and peaceful process for ending the long standing DRC-based rebellion by Rwandan armed groups.

Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa
Interim Committee
Rwanda National Congress (RNC)

May 13, 2011   4 Comments