Former Internal Security Minister Sheikh Musa Fazil Harelimana has officially handed over instruments of power ending ten years in that cabinet position.
“It has been an honour to serve in the government of Rwanda under President Paul Kagame’s rule,” Sheikh Fazil said this morning while handing over to Minister of Justice Johnston Busingye.
In a Cabinet reshuffle announced on October 4, President Kagame liquidated the Internal Security Ministry.
In August, Cabinet also decided that Ministry of Justice will oversee the Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) that handles all the country’s prisons previously under Internal security ministry.
Today, the Justice ministry officially assumes responsibility of Rwanda Correctional Services which currently operates 13 prison facilities built up to international standards.
There is also a rehabilitation Centre for minors in Nyagatare District, Eastern province.
“Rwanda security and Minijust worked together in justice sector achievements” Sheik Fazil said.
Minister Busingye thanked Sheik Fazil for his dedicated service but added that “The reform is a result of Rwanda good governance and the vision of our country. We should strive to achieve that vision,” He said.
It’s not yet known what new assignment will be given to Sheik Fazil.
Meanwhile, government in August disbanded Criminal Investigations Department (CID) from Police and formed an autonomous agency- Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) .
Similar changes affected the Police training college which has been elevated to operate separately. The Police training institution became the Rwanda Law Enforcement Academy – operating under the ministry of Justice.
Earlier, Justice Minister Busingye said that the new changes are aimed at strengthening institutions to ensure better service delivery.