The event was held in the evening of Thursday 9th March 2023 at Kigali Marriot Hotel.
Dr. Ugirashebuja hosted over 300 participants from 40 countries to a dinner on the third day of the conference.
The meeting brought together researchers, experts and specialists in forensic evidence services who discussed how to take the sector to greater heights on the African continent.
Dr. Ugirashebuja hosted the guests to a dinner along with the Director General of Rwanda Forensic Laboratory (RFL), Lt Col Dr. Charles Karangwa; the Prosecutor General, Aimable Havugiyaremye and other officials.
He said that forensic evidences continue to play a great role in the delivery of quality justice and stressed the need to reinforce the sector.
Minister Ugirashebuja highlighted that such conferences are crucial as they provide a platform for participants to acquire knowledge relevant for the sector’s development.
During the meeting which took place in Kigali, the African Forensic Science Academy (AFSA) was launched in Rwanda.
Launched in Kigali on 7th March 2023, AFSA will serve as a professional representative body for forensic science practitioners in Africa.
It is expected to build the capacity of African countries in forensic services.
AFSA activities will be rolled out either in online or in-person format overtime.
It envisages training programmes in various formats, development of best-practice guidelines, webinars, workshops and much more.
The Acting President of AFSA, Dr. Antonel Olckers said that the academy is a testament that the time has come for Africa to develop home-grown solutions.
Similar conference will be held in Cameroon next year.