Newly appointed Prosecutor General commit to fulfilling responsibilities

On 4 December 2019 at 09:06

The Senate of Rwanda has confirmed four government officials who were recently appointed in a cabinet meeting that was chaired by President Paul Kagame last Thursday.

Senator Dushimirimana Lambert, head of the Political and Good Governance Committee analyzed the records of Havugiyaremye Aimable who was appointed Prosecutor General, Habyarimana Angelique who was appointed Deputy Prosecutor General and Nkurunziza Valens, who was appointed Vice President of the Commercial High Court.

Havugiyaremye was born in 1973 and holds a Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Pretoria. Prior to his new position, he was a prosecutor in ‘Gendarmerie Nationale’, a lecturer in the University of Rwanda, College of Law and was the state envoy to the Ministry of Justice.

Later on, he was appointed as the Vice president of the institution charged with drafting and revising laws and then the acting rector of the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD).

Senator Dushimimana said that discussions they had with Havugiyaremye focused on analyzing the issues in the judicial system in Rwanda and how he will contribute to solving them.

“Havugiyaremye Aimable explained to the Senate Committee that the issues in the judicial system of Rwanda are mainly caused by prosecutors who don’t take time to do an in-depth research about crimes committed and lead to justice not being truly served. He said that during his term, he would sensitize prosecutors to be attentive during investigations and that he would follow up if they fulfilled their duties”

He continued saying that he would invest in trainings with the support of other institutions in order for those involved in the judicial system to improve their knowledge and gain expertise.

“He particularly said that he would focus on crimes that destroy the Rwandan community including child abuse and rape, corruption, cybercrimes, and that he would follow up on cases of genocide convicts who have not yet been tried in courts especially those who live abroad. He will also join the fight against genocide denial and ideologies particularly outside of Rwandan where the two vices reign.”

The Senate also analyzed the report of Habyarimana Angelique who was appointed as the Deputy Prosecutor General but while the committee meeting happened, she was not in the country.

Habyarimana was born in 1974 and also holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She has been working in the judicial sector for a while now and worked in Muhanga and Musanze district as the legal and compliance specialist in the office of the prosecutor.

Senator Dushimimana says “At the time of analyzing her dossier, we were informed she was currently not in the country for health purposes. The committee analyzed her dossier only basing on her CV and it was clear every position she has ever been in, was in the judicial system.”

Senator Mureshyankwano Marie Rose raised a concern, asking if there wasn’t any other alternative to study Habyarimana’s dossier closer and discuss with her and asked what would happen in the event Habyarimana said she was not ready to fulfill her new responsibilities.

“I suggest that if it is not against the law, we should at least contact her and avoid deciding before we have talked to her. What would happen if she said she is not ready for the new responsibilities since she was not consulted before?”

Senator Dushimimana justified it saying that the law allows the procedure that was followed. The law states that the senate committee has to invite an official with a pending appointment but that it is not mandatory to consult them before the appointment is approved.

Appointed ambassadors were approved

The Committee on Foreign Affairs has also published a report of their analysis on the newly appointed ambassadors including Lt. Gen Mushyo Kamanzi who was appointed to the Russian Federation and Mukangira Jacqueline who was appointed to represent Rwanda in the Republic of India.

The President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator John Bonds said Mukangira was born in 1964 and that she holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Rwanda and that she is currently studying for an advanced diploma at the University of Toulouse in France.

Prior to her appointment, she worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the parliament as a deputy from 2013 to 2017 and in the senate in 2012 where she was in charge of the research committee. She also worked in different projects such as PACFA and in the office of Her Excellency, Jeannette Kagame.

Senator Bideri said that Mukangira committed to strengthening the relationship between Rwandan and India and to overlook the exchanges between the two countries to ensure they mutually benefit from the relationship especially in economic activities.

She also pledged to sensitize business owners in Rwanda to invest in India and to import their products to India especially tea, coffee and chili that have a huge potential market in India.

She also committed to doing the same for Nepal and Maldives that she will be representing as well.

Senators gave her a report showing that at least 3000 Indians live in Rwanda but that they have invested in small ventures. During her term, she was advised to sensitize Indians living in Rwanda to invest in bigger endeavors to contribute to the development of Rwanda.

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

He was appointed 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) starting in 2016, and the Commander in Chief of the Field Army from 2012 to 2015.

Senator Bideri said that based on the responsibilities that await him, Lt Gen Kamanzi said he was more than ready to fulfill the mission he was given and to represent Rwanda in the Russian Federation using all the expertise he gained from his work and life experiences.

“The Russian Federation is an influential country both in the economy and in the military and is among the five largest emerging economies. Our relationship with Russia has been ongoing for 55 years and I will contribute to strengthening it and ensuring both countries benefit from each other.”

He said he would focus on the education sector where he reported that currently, Russia offers more than 100 scholarships to Rwandans per year. Lt Gen Kamanzi said that he will ensure that the number of Rwandans who are admitted to Russian universities increases.

“Recently, Rwanda signed a deal with Russia for the establishment of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology in the country. He committed to overseeing the implementation of this agreement. He also said he would overlook agreements between the two countries regarding the extraction of Methane Gas”

Finally, he committed to sensitizing the Rwandan diaspora in Russia about the government programs, to join hands in fighting against genocide denial and ideology.

Kamanzi will also be representing the Government of Rwandan in Belarus.

Lt Gen. Kamanzi was the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) starting in 2016, and the Commander in Chief of the Field Army from 2012 to 2015.
Havugiyaremye Aimable was appointed Prosecutor General
Mukangira committed to strengthening the relationship between Rwandan and India
Nkurunziza Valens, who was appointed Vice President of the Commercial High Court.
The President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Bideri John Bonds