25 February 2013

Rwanda: Cabinet Reshuffled

President Kagame on Monday reshuffled the cabinet with some new faces appointed to the cabinet while few others were dropped or moved. The new cabinet comprises of 21 ministers and 9 state ministers.

Prof. Silas Lwakabamba, who was the rector of the National University of Rwanda, has been appointed Minister for Infrastructure replacing Albert Nsengiyumva.

Oda Gasinzigwa, who was the chief gender monitoring officer, has now been appointed Minister of Gender and Family Promotion filling the vacancy left by the death of Aloysia Inyumba in December.

General Marcel Gatsinzi was replaced by Serafina Mukantabana as the Minister in charge of Refugees and Disaster Preparedness. Mukantabana voluntarily returned to Rwanda from Congo Brazzaville in 2011 after 17 years where she had been as the leader of the Rwandan Refugees Community.

Claver Gatete, who was the governor of the central bank, has swapped seats with Minister of Finance and Planning John Rwangombwa.

The reshuffle created three new Ministers of State portfolios. Albert Nsengiyumva, the former minister of infrastructure, was appointed the State Minister in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the Ministry of Education.

Dr Anita Assimwe was appointed State Minister in charge of Public Health and Primary Healthcare in the ministry of health. Asiimwe was the Deputy Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center and Head of Institute of HIV /AIDS Disease Prevention and Control (RBC-IHDPC).

Evode Imena, a geologist working with Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA), has been appointed the Minister of State in charge of Mining in the Ministry of Natural Resources in-charge of Mining.

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