Rosemary Museminali

Rwandan politician

Rosemary Museminali (born 1962) is a Rwandan politician and diplomat, currently working for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), as its representative at the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Museminali is best known for her role as the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation from 2005 until 2009. She has also served as the country's Minister of State for International Cooperation and as ambassador to the United Kingdom.


  • Healing is a process, even if you were outside and lost your friends or relatives. You cannot however be in the same position of the people who where here (Rwanda) surviving the genocide. What is helping us to heal are the efforts to talk, justice is being instituted while impunity is being fought.
  • “If we enhance peace on the entire continent, pool our markets into bigger and more viable entities, integrate our infrastructure and borrow each other’s human capacities, then prosperity can be realized.”
  • "Oh yes we went through such troubles but today we have built walls, that never again shall this happen"
    • [1] On 1994 genocide
  • "It means that our issues, whether diplomatic, political or economic are going to be permanently represented and can be discussed at any time we want ... it is not symbolic, we think it is fundamental"
    • [2]On appointing an envoy to Kigali for the first time since 1998
  • "The joint military operation was very crucial because once we realised that we have a common enemy, I think that was the departure point ... (for) cooperating in other sectors"
    • [3] on the two armies who worked together to attack military bases of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an ethnic Hutu rebel group whose leaders fled into Congo after the genocide in Rwanda.
  • "We are cooperating on energy extraction and production, we think we can cooperate on agriculture, we can cooperate on financial services"
    • [4]On Rwanda and Congo agreeing a joint power project to produce 200 megawatts of electricity from methane gas reservoirs in Lake Kivu on their shared border
  • "We believe in today's world the more successful and the more prosperous China is naturally a more prosperous world"
    • [5] on the bilateral ties between Rwanda and China
  • "People cannot be allowed to just say oh, this is just another African country. Genocide is not just a crime against Rwanda, it is a crime against humanity and as such it should not just be about Rwanda fighting this battle alone"
    • [6] on the genocide
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