As a result of civil war and genocide in Rwanda, The Salvation Army became actively involved in relief work in September 1994. Operations were concentrated in Kayenzi Commune, part of the Gitarama Prefecture. Following mission work by officers from Zaïre, Uganda and Tanzania in 1995, officers were appointed from Congo (Brazzaville) to develop corps and mission work in Kayenzi Commune. Kayenzi Corps officially began its ministry in November 1995.

The Salvation Army was officially registered as a church in Rwanda on 15 September 2008.

In 1983, Justin Lusombo-Musese, a Congolese born in Burundi, was introduced by a friend to some of William Booth's writings and learned about The Salvation Army's early history. Justin and the friend were so enthused they decided to become members of the Army. Over the ensuing years they persistently requested International Headquarters to start Army operations in Burundi, and on 5 August 2007 the work was officially recognised with the warranting of Justin Lusombo-Musese and his wife Justine Fatouma as auxiliary-captains.

The Rwanda Region was redesignated Rwanda and Burundi Region in October 2008 and upgraded to command status on 1 April 2010.

Territorial Leaders

Lieut-Colonel Emmanuel Ndagijimana - Territorial Commander

Lieut-Colonel Dancille Ndagijimana - Territorial President of Women’s Ministries

Lieut-Colonel Christian Azubuike - Chief Secretary

Lieut-Colonel Christiana Azubuike - Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries

Territorial Headquarters

Plot 11737,
Kibagabaga Road,
Kimironko Sector,

Postal Address

PO Box 812,

Contact us

Tel: +(250) 781 449 715



Officers - 35  

Envoys - 6               Employees - 31

Corps - 21                 Outposts - 17

Senior Soldiers - 3,204    Adherents - 471   Junior Soldiers - 1,944