Lieutenant General Kamanzi, Rwamucyo and Mukangira appointed ambassadors

By IGIHE
On 30 November 2019 at 09:19

Lieutenant General Mushyo Kamanzi who has previously served as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, has been appointed the new Ambassador of Rwanda in Russia. He replaces Dr. Mujawamariya Jeanne D’arc who was appointed Minister for Environment in a recent cabinet reshuffle. The appointments are part of decisions reached in the cabinet meeting that was held at Village Urugwiro on Thursday, 28th November, 2019 chaired by President Paul Kagame.

Others appointed o ambassadorial posts are Rwamucyo Ernest, the Ambassador of Rwanda to Japan and Mukangira Jacqueline, the Ambassador of Rwanda to the Republic of India.

Lieutenant General Kamanzi was appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan on 6 April, 2017 by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. In May this year, he bid farewell to the forces he commanded after a two-year term. Before the UNMISS, Lt Gen. Kamanzi was the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) from 2016, and the Commander in Chief of the Field Army from 2012 to 2015.

Lt Gen Frank Mushyo Kamanzi was born on March 31st, 1964 and graduated from Makerere University in Uganda, with a major in Agriculture. He also graduated with a Master’s degree from the National Defense University in Washington, United States.

Rwamucyo who was appointed Ambassador of Rwanda to Japan has previously served as the Ambassador of Rwanda to the Republic of India for six years and eight months starting from April, 2013. He also served as the Ambassador of Rwanda to the United Kingdom from February, 2010 to April, 2013. During this period, he also acted as the representative of Rwanda in Ireland.

Before all that, Rwamucyo worked as an expert at the United Nations Development Programme from April,2007 to January, 2010. He was also in charge of Economic Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) from 2004 to April, 2007.

55-year-old Mukangira Jacqueline who was appointed as the Ambassador of Rwanda to India previously served as Rwanda Ambassador to Sweden in 2007. She also worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Member of Parliament and a senator 2012 where she chaired the senatorial research committee.

Rwanda maintains a flawless relationship with these countries where for example, it has been partnering with Japan for the last 50 years in areas including education, agriculture, water sanitation and distribution, technology and many other sectors.

The relationship between Rwanda and Japan is mainly founded on the economy, commerce, loans and grants and technology trainings frequently offered in Japan.

On the other hand, Rwanda’s relationship with Russia has been ongoing for 56 years based on a letter sent by Soviet Union (URSS) in 1962 commending the diplomatic relationship between these two countries just a day before the independence of Rwanda.

The Russian Federation collaborates with Rwanda in areas such as education, military operations, technology, investment and tourism. His Excellency, President Paul Kagame travels frequently to Russia for diplomatic talks with His Excellency, Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia. In July, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Russia, Sergey Lavrov was in Rwanda where he had talks with President Paul Kagame.

Similarly, to the relationship between Rwanda, Russia and Japan, the relationship between the Republic of India and Rwanda is all the more flourishing especially in investment where Indian investors remarkably contribute to the economy.

In 2017, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) reported that the Republic of India is the third country after Portugal and the United Kingdom that made a remarkable investment in Rwanda.

Before 2017, 66 Indian-owned businesses including Airtel, Zinc Hotel and Mahatma Gandhi University recorded a net worth of $317. Rwanda is currently home to 3000 Indians who are involved in activities like technology, the automotive sector and industries among others.

Oscar Kerketta is the first Ambassador of India to Rwanda. He resides in Kigali and was appointed in September, 2018.

Lieutenant General Mushyo Kamanzi has been appointed the new Ambassador of Rwanda in Russia.
Rwamucyo was appointed Ambassador of Rwanda to Japan
Mukangira Jacqueline was appointed as the Ambassador of Rwanda to India.

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