Amb. Habineza breathed the last recently on Friday 20th August 2021.
He succumbed to natural cause in Kenya where he was getting medical attention.
One day before taking his remains to Rwanda, Habineza’s relatives in Kenya have organized a farewell ceremony due on Thursday.
On Friday morning, his body will be taken from Montezuma mortuary in Nairobi to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for repatriation to Rwanda. Habineza’s remains are expected to arrive in Rwanda around noon.
IGIHE has learnt that the burial date has not yet been confirmed.
Joseph Habineza was born in Kamonyi district in Southern Province on 3rd October 1964.
He served in various positions where he worked with Heineken in Kinshasa between1994-1998 and headed the digital power arm of Heineken in Nigeria between1998-2000.
Habineza started his political career in 2004 after returning from Nigeria. At the time, he was appointed the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.
In 2008, the Ministry was split into the separate institutions where Habineza continued to assume duties as the Minister of Sports and Culture until 2011 when he resigned.
He was later appointed Rwanda’s ambassador to Nigeria and Ghana.
Habineza rejoined the cabinet in 2014 following his new appointment as the Minister of Sports and Culture. He held the position for 183 days and replaced on 24th February 2015.
In November 2016, Habineza started own businesses where he was involved in the wholesale of noodles produced from Egypt based firm known as Antoniou.
He was appointed the CEO of Radiant Yacu Ltd in 2019 and left the position in August 2020.