Cherie Blair Maintains legal Support to Rwanda

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Former British First Lady Mrs. Cherie Blair in Rwandan traditional Attire

Rwandan alumni of Africa Justice foundation (AJF) programme have said that the programme has enabled them to improve the justice sector service in Rwanda.

The students who have undergone the skills development training programme provided by Africa Justice foundation (AJF), made the remarks while meeting with the AJF founder and former United Kingdom’s First Lady, Mrs. Cherie Blair.

Mrs. Blair was in Rwanda’s Capital Kigali for four days from 5th July 2015, where she met the Rwanda Justice Minister, members of Rwanda Africa Justice Foundation alumni and the aspiring candidates.

Blair hailed the importance of the contribution of the Africa Justice foundation in development of skills of former students of the AJF geared towards development of a robust, stable and predictable legal system that meets the needs of the citizens of Rwanda.

With the success stories from Rwandans benefiting from the AJF programmes, Blair pledged her continued support to ensure that such programs continue in order to build a strong and reliable system as an integral part of the framework that enables emerging economies like Rwanda to thrive economically, politically and socially.

Rwanda’s Minister for Justice and Attorney General Johnston Busingye (Seated left) and Former British First Lady Madam Cherie Blair (seated second right)

Rwanda’s Minister for Justice and Attorney General Johnston Busingye (Seated left) and Former British First Lady Madam Cherie Blair (seated second right)

Rwanda Justice Minister, Busingye Johnston, also commended  Blair for her contribution to Rwanda’s development and noted that the programme has equipped the AJF alumni with skills particularly in legislative drafting course and this has significantly contributed both to achievement of good quality and quantity of legislation in Rwanda.

The AJF mission is to build legal capacity in the public sector through education and professional skills training implemented via partnerships with governments, academic institutions, Bar Associations and legal bodies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rwanda AJF Alumni include different former students that graduated from various universities in the UK under the sponsorship of the Africa Justice Foundation. Currently, nineteen members of the alumni are serving in various government institutions including the Office of the President, the Office of the Prime Minister, the Parliament, Ministry of Justice and Rwanda Law Reform Commission.

Before leaving Rwanda, Mrs. Blair also participated in the Imbuto foundation 10th anniversary-a special event to celebrate 10 years of inspiring Rwandan girls to excel in school by an initiative of Rwanda’s First Lady, Mrs. Jeannette Kagame.

Blair shared an inspiring experience of how she worked hard for her success even when she didn’t live a privileged life growing up.

Blair also said that with hard work and the right government support, there is no reason why girls cannot achieve and, indeed, do better.

 

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