Kagame reshuffles Cabinet, women take up more slots
President Paul Kagame yesterday reshuffled his cabinet, making broad changes in a trimmed cabinet, in which women comprise 50 per cent.
The members of cabinet have also reduced from 31 down to 26.
The changes were announced yesterday by the Prime Minister.
Dr Richard Sezibera replaces Louise Mushikiwabo as the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Relations.
Sezibera has been a senator. He has previously occupied various senior positions, including Secretary General of the East African Community, Minister for Health, Ambassador to the US and the presidential envoy to the Great Lakes Region.
Prof. Anastase Shyaka, who has been the CEO of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), was appointed as the new Minister for Local Government, replacing Francis Kaboneka.
Youthful Paula Ingabire, who has been the head of ICT at Rwanda Development Board, was appointed Minister for ICT and Innovation, taking over from Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa. Ingabire has also been heading the Kigali Innovation City initiative.
The other new entrant is Soraya Hakuziyaremye, who will serve as the Minister for Trade and Industry, replacing Vincent Munyeshyaka.
The reshuffle also saw the Managing Director of Zigama Credit and Savings Bank, Maj. Gen. Albert Murasira, appointed as the Minister for Defence, taking over from Gen. James Kabarebe, who moved to the Office of the President as Senior Defence and Security Advisor.
There were also changes at the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion where Solina Nyirahabimana is now the new minister.
The ministry was previously headed by Espérance Nyirasafari, who will now serve as the Minister for Sports and Culture.
Germaine Kamayirese becomes the new Minister for Emergency Management, replacing Jeanne d’Arc de Bonheur.