FERWAFA Presidential Race: Three submit candidatures

Muha J.M.

The FERWAFA Ad-hoc Electoral Committee has confirmed that it has received three candidatures for the presidential race ahead of the deadline date that was set for Tuesday at mid-day.

The three candidates who will now go forward to the December 30 election are incumbent president Vincent Nzamwita ‘Degaulle’, Felicite Rwemarika and Louis Rurangirwa.

Candidates:

Vincent Nzamwita:

He was voted the new FA boss in January 2014, the former APR FC secretary-general beat other contenders, including incumbent Celestin ‘Abega’ Ntagungira, Sec Academy’s Augustin Munyandamutse and Unit FC’s Jean Mbanda.

He was the runaway favourite garnering 19 votes out of 37 total votes cast four years ago however; many believe he has done nothing to change the status of Rwandan football that is seeing a nosedive over the last couple of year with dismal performances, especially at the senior level predominantly in continental and FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

His term in office is alleged flawed with corruption, misuse of funds and lack of accountability.

Vincent Nzamwita

Louise Rurangirwa:

The secretary-general Rwanda Referee Association Federation (ARAF)

Felicite  Rwemarika:

Call her the surprise package; she is the Chairperson of Rwanda women football association in FERWAFA, founder, and CEO of Association of Kigali Women in Sports as well as vice president of the National Olympic and Sports Committee (RNOSC).

A leader in the efforts to improve women’s lives in Rwanda, Felicite is involved in many women’s empowerment initiatives such as We-act for Hope. She is the President of Rwanda NGO Forum on Aids and Health Promotion that coordinates promote and evaluates national activities to fight HIV and Aids.

She is an Ashoka fellow and recently her work with AKWOS received an Award from Stars Foundation.

Her objective is to stand for the FA presidential race so that she can promote and develop gender equality in football, a concern she has long believed and campaigned for.

Her chances may depend on what she brings to the table in a difficult minefield of a male-dominated sport, so her power base looks weak as a global renowned champion in promoting women football.

 

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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