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31-05-2018 RECSA’s New Executive Secretary Takes Office
31-05-2018 RECSA’s New Executive Secretary Takes Office

NAIROBI: Lt. Gen. Badrelidin Elamin Abdelgadir officially took office as the third Executive
Secretary of the Regional Centre of Small Arms (RECSA) during a handover ceremony held on
31 st of May 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. He takes over from Mr. Théoneste
Mutsindashyaka who diligently steered RECSA as Executive Secretary from 2013 to 2018.
Lt Gen. Elamin was appointed to his position during the 9 th RECSA Council of Ministers
Meeting held on 15 th March 2018 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. In the spirit of
regionalism, the new Executive Secretary has been seconded by the Republic of Sudan while his
predecessor was from the Republic of Rwanda.
The Chair of the RECSA Council of Ministers Hon. Basile O. Pongo commended Mr.
Mutsindashyaka for a well-executed mandate and gave his assurances of support for the new
Executive Secretary to ensure progressive implementation of RECSA’s mandate. The message
was echoed by the Director of the Kenya National Focal Point on SALW Mr. Marcus J
Ocholla who represented the Kenyan government. Kenya is the Vice-chair of the RECSA
Council of Ministers and the Host Country of the Secretariat.
During the handover event, the United Religions Initiative (URI) for Africa awarded RECSA the
2018 Africa Peace Award. The award is in recognition of RECSA’s contribution to peace and
development in Africa through its interventions in efforts to control the proliferation of illicit
small arms and light weapons. The award was presented by Amb. Mussie Hailu who is the
continental director for URI-Africa and representative to the AU and UN.

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