Richard Sezibera Bio
Richard Sezibera is a Rwandan physician, politician, diplomat and civil servant. He was the 4th Secretary-General of the East African Community. He was appointed to that position by the East African Community Heads of State on 19 April 2011 for a five-year term.
His term ended on 26 April 2016, when Libérat Mfumukeko of Burundi, became the 5th Secretary-General of the East African Community.
Richard Sezibera Age
Richard Sezibera was born June 5, 1964, in Kigali, Rwanda. He is currently 55 years old as per 2019.
Richard Sezibera Health|Admitted
Rwandan Foreign Minister Dr. Richard Sezibera Admitted in Critical Conditions after Poi The Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Richard Sezibera is reportedly admitted at a Kenyan hospital in Nairobi capital in critical conditions, Command post has learned.
Amb. Sezibera has been missing from the public in Rwanda since the start of July following a foreign trip to the United Kingdom and France before he fell very sick. According to a source at the Rwandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Sezibera is reportedly admitted at Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi battling what is suspected to be food poisoning.
It is reported that early July this year Amb Sezibera made a trip to the United Kingdom for a meeting with commonwealth commissioners to discuss several issues ahead of the June 2020 CHOGM meeting to be hosted in Kigali Rwanda. It is further reported that while in the UK, Rwanda’s ambassador to the UK – Yamina Karitanyi invited Dr. Sezibera for dinner at her embassy.
“It was during this dinner at Rwanda’s ambassador’s residence in the U.K that we suspect that Dr. Sezibera was poisoned,” A source says.
The operation was reportedly coordinated by a one Jimmy Uwizeye a Rwandan external intelligence operative who was declared in 2006 a persona non grata in Uganda due to his subversive activities but later deployed to the UK by the Rwandan government.
It should be noted that Uwizeye was expelled from Uganda in November 2006 after Uganda accused him of involvement in clandestine operations against Uganda.
From the UK, Dr. Richard Sezibera went to France for another foreign office engagements, where he started feeling weak with internal pains. By the time the minister returned to Kigali, he was severely sick and bedridden.
Family members who talked to this website on condition of anonymity said government first declined to grant them permission to fly him abroad for specialized treatment not until the situations deteriorated before he was airlifted to Aga Khan Hospital private wing where he is currently admitted.
However, he is reportedly been referred to India or Singapore for better-specialized treatment. A family member says Kigali is yet to approve the transfer.
“At the moment Sezibera is still in critical condition and in danger of losing his life at any time”.
Kigali establishment which has always been on the spot for eliminating those that differ in its working methods is reportedly not been happy with Minister Sezibera’s working policies.
International relations analysts believe Amb Sezibera disagreed with his boss Paul Kagame on matters to do with foreign policies and handling diplomatic rows most especially with the northern neighbor Uganda over border closure and witch-hunting so-called Rwandan dissidents.
In October 2018, after being appointed by Paul Kagame to replace Louise Mushikiwabo as Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Sezibera adopted a new approach.
Analysts say his new diplomatic approach was to ignore Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and P5 coalition as none existent. To him, Rwanda’s foreign office to constantly talking about RNC or P5 coalition was giving credibility and importance to these organizations.
In his first press briefing as Foreign Minister, when asked by journalists about RNC or P5 coalition, Dr. Sezibera preferred to ignore these organizations by saying that he didn’t know them and that Rwanda shouldn’t waste time on such failed organizations.
“Dr. Sezibera understood the art of communication, talking negatively or positively about RNC or P5 was providing free marketing and publicity for these organizations”.
However, few months along the line, on New Year’s Eve, Rwandan president Paul Kagame spent half of his new year’s message talking about RNC, thus providing free marketing and publicity to the same organization which his minister had denied knowledge about their existence.
“With different approaches at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was a matter of time before Dr Richard Sezibera was sidelined, but none expected him to go for his head especially knowing how he has been a loyal servant of the system”.
“With time, Dr. Richard Sezibera started becoming frustrated with the whole foreign policy approach led by the system. He was totally not happy with how Kagame’s owned media outlets insulted and abused the former international relations minister of South Africa – Lindiwe Sisulu, especially after the effort he was putting to normalize the relationship with her country”.
“Dr. Sezibera was also totally not happy with the government’s approach towards Uganda. After being appointed, Sezibera made an effort to build and open communication contacts between his office and that of his Ugandan counterpart Sam Kuteesa But his rapprochement was always derailed by DMI approach supported by the president’s office”.
“Dr. Sezibera was disgruntled with insults, abuses and degrading words that came from Kigali through DMI owned and controlled media outlets towards the leadership in Kampala. The more Dr. Sezibera realized that his merely a tool with no power within the Foreign ministry, the more he became disgruntled”
He was in fact sidelined and his junior Olivier Nduhungirehe was empowered to start using his social media pages to bully and insult Ugandan government officials and whoever tried to question his boss. After facing the repercussions of trying to do what he believed was for the good of Rwanda and its people, he reportedly tried to confide some of his frustrations to one of his relatives.
He was however reportedly betrayed by his own family member who reported to Rwanda’s intelligence body. Rwanda is a renowned country in the world where everyone is a spy for each other, where parents spy on their own children and children spy on their parents, married couples spy each other and neighbors spy one another.
With Rwandan leader learning that his foreign minister was a Kampala sympathizer, Sezibera crossed the line before intelligence organs started following him up.
About Amb Richard Sezibera
Dr. Richard Sezibera is also a senior cadre within Rwanda’s ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front party.
Dr. Sezibera was attached to the medical wing of the then RPF rebel movement and after the war in 1994, he was awarded a rank of Major. From 1994, to present, Dr. Richard Sezibera has served Rwandan government in different capacities. In 2011, Dr. Richard Sezibera was thrown out as a minister of health under unclear circumstances.
He returned to government in October 2018 as new foreign minister replacing another Paul Kagame’s blue-eyed woman, Louise Mushikiwabo now Secretary-General of the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie.
After his appointment, Dr. Richard Sezibera thought to bring a new approach of diplomacy at the ministry of foreign affairs but has met resistance from different forces because of the fact that his ministry is largely controlled by the country’s Directorate of Military Intelligence. Zoning
Richard Sezibera Married|Wife
Sezibera is married to Eustochie Agasaro Sezibera. Together, they are the parents of five children.
Richard Sezibera Education
Richard Sezibera received his early education in Burundi. In 1984, he entered Makerere University Medical School in Kampala, Uganda, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 1989. Later, he obtained the degree of Master of Arts (MA) in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in the United States.
Richard Sezibera Work experience
1. Richard Sezibera worked at Mbuya Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, before transferring to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in Mbale, Eastern Uganda.
2. In 1990, he joined the Rwanda Patriotic Front / Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPF/RPA) as a field medical officer. He rose to the rank of Major within the RPA in 1993.
3. In July 1994, Dr. Sezibera was appointed Physician to the President of the Republic of Rwanda. In this position, he concurrently served as a military aide to the President of Rwanda.
4. In 1995, he became a Member of Parliament. He was elected President of the Parliamentary Commission on Social Affairs, which exercised oversight over the government departments mandated to deal with issues of health.
5. In 1999, he was appointed Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States of America, with concurrent accreditation to Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.
6. In 2003: President’s office: Presidential Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region and senior advisor to the President of Rwanda. Was also the chairperson of the Rwanda national coordination mechanism. Contributed to the 1st ever pact on security, stability, and development in the Great Lakes region.
7. In 2008, Dr. Sezibera was appointed Minister of Health in the Rwandan cabinet, a position he held until 2011:
8. In 2011: he was appointed East African Community Secretary-General, by the Head of States summit held in Dar Es Salaam on April 19, 2011. During his tenure, among the many things he did as EAC SG, he was the chairperson of the COMESA – SADC – EAC tripartite task force where he spearheaded the negotiations of the tripartite free trade area agreement (TFTA). The TFTA was signed by the HOS and HOG in 2015.
Richard Sezibera Rwanda Medical Association
On a professional level, Amb Sezibera is a member of the Rwanda Medical Association Amb Sezibera is a fellow, Institute for advanced studies in the humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Amb served as Vice President of the World Health General Assembly and chairperson of the world health Organisation regional committee on Africa.
Richard Sezibera served as a commissioner on the UN Secretary General’s Commission on accountability for women and children’s health.
Richard Sezibera is a member of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine) board first as minister of health in Rwanda, 2nd and 3rd time as an individual. He serves as the chairperson of the board’s program and policy committee.
Richard Sezibera has many publications in journals, numerous articles and has done many interviews in major national, regional and international media including the Washington Post, foreign affairs, the lancet, CNN, BBC, etc.
Keynote speaker in many national, regional and international fora.