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Kagame shakes up diplomats, creates Embassies as he seeks new allies

President Paul Kagame has reshuffled Rwandan diplomats to different countries in Africa and beyond. President Kagame has also announced creation of new Embassies. (PHOTO/FILE)

KIGALI – Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame has made changes to his diplomatic corps by appointing and redeploying 15 envoys to different countries in Africa and beyond.

According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, City of Kigali Mayor Marie-Chantal Rwakazina will serve as the new Ambassador to the Swiss Federation where she will replace François-Xavier Ngarambe.

Ambassador Ngarambe was deployed to France where he has been serving until his new appointment, prior to which, H.E Jacques Kabale was his predecessor.

President Kagame also appointed Wellars Gasamagera as the new Ambassador to Angola, replacing Alfred Kalisa, who was posted to Egypt in the same capacity.

Gasamagera has been the Director-General of Rwanda Management Institute based in Muhanga, Southern Province.

The deployment saw Prosper Higiro appointed as High Commissioner to Canada, which has for some time had no substantive Ambassador; while James Kimonyo was deployed to China.

H.E Higiro, who has formerly served in different capacities including the role of Vice President of the Rwanda’s senate and as a cabinet minister, He has now been appointed as the Executive Secretary of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region.

The former envoy to South Africa Vincent Karega was redeployed to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and he will be succeeded by Eugène Kayihura.

H.E Kayihura has until his redeployment been the Ambassador to Tanzania, where he will be replaced by Major-General Charles Karamba, who has been the Chief of Staff of the Air Force in Rwanda’s Defence Force.

Sheikh Saleh Habimana, who has been the emissary to Egypt, has now been redeployed to the newly created embassy in the Kingdom of Morocco in a similar capacity.

The newly-created High Commission in Ghana will have Dr. Aissa Kirabo Kacyira as envoy.

H.E Kacyira, who was once the Mayor of the City of Kigali and Governor of Eastern Province, was until recently the deputy executive director of UN Habitat based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Yasmin Amri Sued, who has been a diplomat at the Rwandan mission in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will be heading to Korea as an Ambassador.

Another newly-created Embassy in Qatar will have François Nkulikiyimfura as Ambassador

Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, who has been the Minister of State in charge of Transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure, was appointed as High Commissioner to Singapore.

The new appointments also saw Emmanuel Hategeka, who has been the Deputy CEO of Rwanda Development Board, named the new envoy to UAE.

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