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Joe Habineza jets in to take up his new job as Sports Minister

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newsdesk@greatlakesvoice.comJoe Habineza

Kigali, Rwanda-Joe Habineza, who was serving as Rwanda Ambassador to Nigeria for three years jetted in Kigali on Monday evening to take up his new job as the Minister of Sports and Culture.

Habineza was met by family members, journalists and Ministry of sports and culture employees.

Upon his arrival the new Sports Ministry who formerly headed the the same Ministry for six years. He said he was greatly happy to come back to Rwanda to assume such an important post as Rwanda’s Minister of sports noting that, “I thank His Excellence President Paul Kagame for re-appointing me on this post that I once headed.”

He said he was ready to work hard and promised to full fill all his responsibilities during his term in office.

On the other side, most sports enthusiastic supporters in Rwanda are keen to see what development changes the new Sports Ministry is likely to bring in.

The same post was held by Protais Mitali who is now Rwanda’s new envoy to Ethiopia also doubling as the permanent representative to the African Union.

The new Sports Minister takes over his new post at a time when the Cecafa Club Championship is taking place in Kigali; also the National team Amavubi has advanced to the Group B stages of the African Nations final round and the team’s rankings is likely to improve in a few days time.

During his spell, Rwanda qualified for the 2004 African Cup of Nation Games in Tunisia.

However, a lot lies ahead of the new mMinister, given the fact that a lot has changed since then: new sports disciplines like Fencing, Triathlon, Goal ball, Archery were established as well as changes have taken place in women football, basketball, volleyball, Cricket, handball, youth talent development programs, Paralympics games, and swimming.

The new minister resigned in 2011 following allegations of improper behavior. The announcement came after photos began circulating on the internet showing Mr Habineza in intimate poses with several young women. Mr Habineza told the media, that he had resigned for personal reason.

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