Kagame Makes Mega Cabinet Reshuffle, Drops ‘Pro-Uganda’ Ministers

Rwanda President Paul Kagame in his Monday reshuffle abandoned a powerful and influential Dr Richard Sezibera who has been serving as the minister of Foreign Affairs.

Sezibera who once served as the EAC African Community Secretary General was recently plagued by a strange sickness that saw him hospitalised in Nairobi Kenya for months.

According to reports, the minister was allegedly poisoned while others say he suffered a stroke.

A source told that Sezibera is currently paralysed and incapacitated to run the duties required by his office.

As such, Kagame appointed Dr. Vincent Biruta as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation replacing Sezibera.

Biruta has been Minister of Environment.

Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya replaced Biruta in the environment docket.

Mujawamariya has been Rwanda’s envoy to the Russian Federation.

General Patrick Nyamvumba who has been Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) will now be the Minister of Internal Security.

The Ministry of Sports will henceforth be led by Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, and she replaces Esperence Nyirasafari, who is in the Senate where she was recently elected vice president in charge of legislation and government oversight.

Munyangaju has been Chief Executive Officer at Sonarwa Life Assurance Company Ltd.

The cabinet realignment also saw the culture docket moved to the ministry of youth, where Rosemary Mbabazi remains the minister.

In the same ministry (Youth and Culture) Edouard Bamporiki was appointed as state minister.

Bamporiki has been the Chairman of the National Itorero Commission.

Former legislator Ignatienne Nyirarukundo will serve as Minister of State of the Ministry of Local Government in charge of Social Affairs, where she replaced Dr Alivera Mukabaramba.

Mukabaramba is now in the Senate where she was recently elected vice president in charge of administration and finance.

The changes also saw Assumpta Ingabire appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion and Didier Shema Maboko as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports.

Samuel Dusengiyumva is the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government. He was the Coordinator of Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) at the Ministry of Public Service and Labour.

Dr Rose Mukankomeje returns to public service as Executive Director for Higher Education Council, where she replaces Emmanuel Muvunyi who was relieved of his duties last month.

Mukankomeje was once Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA).

Former Senator Tito Rutaremara is the new head of Rwanda Elders Advisory Council where he replaces Dr Augustin Iyamuremye, the current Senate President.

The elders’ council also got a new member in Marc Kabandana, who was once Mayor of the City of Kigali and has also previously served as the Director-General of the current Rwanda Management Institute.

By The Edge, Additional reporting by NewTimes Rwanda

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