Born in 1934, Jim Inhofe is a senator in US Congress who has been representing Oklahoma State.
Inhofe, 87, is the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and its past chairman. He served previously as chairman and ranking Republican of the Environment and Public Works Committee.
Inhofe recently announced that he would retire effective January 3, 2023, after 35 years in Congress and a career in politics spanning over 50 years.
On Thursday 15th September 2022, Rwanda’s Embassy in the United States (US) hosted a breakfast at the US Capitol in appreciation of Senator Jim Inhofe’s career and friendship with Africa and Rwanda, in particular.
In a message he sent, President Paul Kagame stated that Senator Inhofe’s dedication to Rwanda has nurtured relationships that have helped strengthen the bonds between Rwanda and the United States.
“We have watched you invest in learning about and understanding Rwanda and other African countries. We have also watched you educate your peers on the importance of Africa and countries like Rwanda as worthy global allies,” he said.
“You have shown that a productive relationship with the United States is mutually beneficial for our people and contributes to greater security and stronger economies,” added Kagame.
Senator Inhofe appreciated the warm welcome he was always given whenever he traveled to Rwanda.
Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr.Vincent Biruta revealed that he considers Senator Inhofe as a man of profound wisdom who embodies the symbol of friendship between Africa and the US.
“I think of a man of principles who devoted his life to public service and did it with integrity, selfless work ethic, and determination,” he said.
Dr. Biruta and Rwanda’s Ambassador to the US, Mathilde Mukantabana also presented a painted gift to Senator Inhofe.
“The shields and spears in this painting symbolize the readiness to defend and fight for your country. The moon and the rays symbolize power and wisdom. And the fact that these elements appear in pairs in this painting means unity,” explained Minister Biruta.
African Diplomatic corps and officials from Congress, Pentagon, and State Department also attended the breakfast.