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Rwandan community in Senegal gets new executive committee

By IGIHE
On 10 August 2021 at 07:51

The Association of Rwandans living in Senegal (ACRS) has elected the new interim executive committee which took over yesterday from outgoing members.

Dr. Jovith Ndahinyuka was elected President of the Association (ACRS), Antoinette Habinshuti was elected Vice President while Dr. Bellancile Musabyemariya was elected Secretary General of the interim executive committee.

Other two members of the executive committee namely Yvette Uwimana and David Kwizera remained Treasurer and Deputy Secretary General respectively.

According to ACRS statutes, the President of the youth organ is automatically a youth representative to the executive committee. The other nominees are Divine Umuhire in charge of cultural organization (Igicumbi cy’Umuco) affiliated to ACRS and deputed by Dr. Yves Rwogera Munana.

Former ACRS President, Patrick Karamaga revealed that elections were organized to replace members of the executive committee because some of them would not be available regularly in Senegal yet the work of the association must continue without hindrances.

He explained that the members of the interim executive committee were elected by the existing representatives of the ACRS at various levels including former members of the executive committee, members of the youth organ, cultural organization due to the global COVID-19 pandemic which limited physical meetings.

The newly elected ACRS President, Dr. Ndahinyuka said that the executive committee is ready to work hard to build unity among Rwandans living in Senegal and strive for the advancement of Rwanda.

In particular, the cultural organization is expected to put special emphasis on instilling Rwandan cultural values among the youth.

Speaking at the event; Rwanda’s ambassador to Senegal, Jean Pierre Karabaranga commended the outstanding work of the outgoing executive committee, especially during the preparations of the annual programs including commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Liberation Day, National Heroes’ Day, International Women’s day, Native Language Day, Umuganura (National Harvest Day) as well as special programs for the youth.

Patrick Karamaga handing over to his successor, Dr. Jovith Ndahinyuka.
The new and outgoing executive committees in a group photo.

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