Major changes in Rwanda government as some official positions are dropped

By The Inspirer Staff

The members of Rwanda’s cabinet have gone down from 31 to 26 as a result of the new reshuffle that President Paul Kagame has made.

The major changes were announced by Prime Minister, Edouard Ngirente on Thursday, October 18, 2018. They saw the Ministry of Lands and Forestry removed from the list of ministries existing in Rwanda.

This move implies that its staff (estimated to 30) headed by its [former Minister, Francine Tumushime, are no longer employed there.

Also, the position of Minister of State in charge of Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), State Minister for Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, State Minister for Local Government in charge of Socio-Economic Development, were scrapped, meaning that officials who have been holding such jobs are no longer occupying them.

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs has changed appellation to Ministry of Emergency Management, and it’s headed by Germaine Kamayirese, replacing Jeanne d’Arc de Bonheur.

Overall, women account for 50% of the new cabinet, or 13 out of 26 in real terms.

New appointments in  the Cabinet

Dr Richard Sezibera becomes Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Relations, replacing Louise Mushikiwabo who was elected “Secretary General of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) last week.

Before climbing up to the high diplomatic position, Sezibera had served in various capacities, including Secretary General of the East African Community, Minister for Health, Ambassador to the United States of America, and the presidential envoy to the Great Lakes Region.

The [former] Managing Director of Zigama Credit and Savings Bank, Maj. Gen. Albert Murasira, is appointed as the Minister for Defence, taking over from Gen. James Kabarebe. The latter moved to the Office of the President as Senior Defence and Security Advisor.

Prof. Anastase Shyaka, was promoted from being the CEO of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), to the new Minister for Local Government, taking over from Francis Kaboneka.

In the Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, who has been the head of ICT at Rwanda Development Board, was named its Minister, replacing Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa.

Ingabire has also been head of the $1.9 billion Kigali Innovation City initiative which seeks to make Rwanda have attained at least 90% self-reliance in skilled human capital and in financial capital required to sustain its digital transformation by 2030.

Solina Nyirahabimana is now the new minister for the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, a position which was previously held by Espérance Nyirasafari, who was appointed as the Minister for Sports and Culture.

Soraya Hakuziyaremye is the Minister for Trade and Industry (MINICOM), replacing Vincent Munyeshyaka who has been head of MINICOM.

Former Minister of Infrastructures, James Musoni was appointed as Rwanda’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe.

However, some officials in some positions, remained unchanged; such as in the Ministry of Environment headed by Minister Vincent Biruta , Rosemary Mbabazi as Minister for Youth while Fanfan Kayirangwa Rwanyindo continues to head the public service and labour docket.

Johnston Busingye also remains in the Justice Ministry, Claver Gatete will continue to serve as Minister for Infrastructure and Eugène Mutimura maintains the Education docket.

Marie-Solange Kayisire continues to serve as Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, while Uzziel Ndagijimana maintains the Finance Ministry top position.

Judith Uwizeye will continue to serve as Minister in the Office of the President, Dr Diane Gashumba as Health Minister, whie Dr Gérardine Mukeshimana retains the agriculture docket top job.

Inspector General of Police becomes Governor of Southern Province

Meanwhile, former DCG Dan Munyuza was appointed as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) with former IGP Emmanuel Gasana becoming the Governor of Southern Province.

NB: The scrolling photo is a realisation by The New Times Rwanda.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( 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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