Murasira promises to consolidate security gains

The new Minster for Defence Albert Murasira (left) and his predecessor James Kabarebe during the handover yesterday. Courtesy.

The new Minister for Defence, Albert Murasira, has pledged to ensure sustainability of the country’s achievements in security.

“We enjoy security because there has been partnership between the military and other security organs, but most especially with Rwandans,” Murasira said yesterday as he assumed office from his predecessor, James Kabarebe.

The new Defence Minister also pointed out that Rwanda alone cannot enjoy security whereas its neighbours face insecurity, adding that in his tenure he will ensure the sustainability of what have been achieved.

“We also work with others that include foreigners in different peacekeeping missions in the region, on the African continent or elsewhere around the world,” a statement quoted him as saying.

The outgoing minister promised to support his successor “at any moment that he needs help.”

Murasira is the tenth Minister for Defence since Rwanda became independent in 1962.

The Minister for Defence is responsible to the Government for all matters concerning the Defence policy, the conduct of Defence and implementation of Defence programmes.

Kabarebe was named the Senior Presidential Defence and Security advisor in last week’s cabinet reshuffle.

The ceremony, which took place at the ministry’s headquarters in Kimihurura, was witnessed by MoD and RDF top leadership including Gen Fred Ibingira, the Reserve Force Chief of Staff and Lt Gen Jacques Musemakweli, the RDF Army Chief of Staff.

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