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Rwanda Fires UN Envoy

by Patrick Bigabo
12:13 am
Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana recalled from United Nations

Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana recalled from United Nations

Rwanda has recalled its permanent envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana in a Wednesday cabinet meeting.

During his tenure at the United Nations, Rwanda was in 2013 elected to sit on the UN Security Council for two years.

Ambassador Gasana, 54, who has been in diplomatic service for two decades, was also the state minister in Charge of Cooperation- a post that gave him powers to represent his country at the United Nations in matters that require ministerial presence.

When Gasana was appointed state minister in 2012, Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, said: “Ambassador Gasana has performed very well in his duties,” adding that his promotion was well deserved.

The Wednesday cabinet meeting, chaired by President Paul Kagame, gave no indication as to why Gasana was “recalled” – as put in the cabinet resolutions.

The meeting also made several appointments including; appointment of Kayisinga Jean Claude as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources. He is coming from the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB).

Dr. Charles Murigande, a former foreign minister and diplomat, was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the national University of Rwanda. He essentially goes back to an institution he headed many years ago.

The cabinet meeting also appointed a Members of Board of Directors for Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL) Ltd. They include; Clare Akamanzi (Chairperson), Nsengiyumva Ramathan (Deputy Chairperson), Kariza Belise,  Kabera Godfrey, Kalimba Linda and Havugimana Francine.

In other appointments Lt. Col. Munyangabe Emmanuel is the new Deputy Director General in charge of Geology and Mines at the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA).

Apollo Munanura has been appointed as Director General in Rwanda Cooperative Agency(RCA) while Maj. Nkurikiyumukiza Schadrack is Director General in Muhabura Multichoice Ltd (MMC Ltd).

Meanwhile, the cabinet approved draft Laws approving the ratification of Bilateral Air Services Agreements between Rwanda and Benin, Central African Republic, Ivory Cost, Ethiopia, Republic of Guinea, South Sudan and Uganda.