Education, Health ministries get new faces after reshuffle

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President Paul Kagame Wednesday reshuffled his cabinet bringing new faces to health and education ministries.

The reshuffle came several days after the unexpected resignations of the minister of health, Diane Gashumba, Evode Uwizeyimana who was in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs and Isaac Munyakazi, who was in charge of Primary and Secondary Education.

In the changes Dr Daniel Ngamije was appointed Minister of Health, replacing Gashumba while Valentine Uwamariya was named Minister for Education, replacing Eugene Mutimura—who was appointed as the Head of Science and Technology Commission.

Ngamije previously worked for the World Health Organization while Uwamariya served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Rwanda Polytechnic.

In other changes Gaspard Twagirayezu was appointed Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, replacing Munyakazi who quit over corruption-related charges.

Ines Mpambara who served as Director of Cabinet in the Office of the President was appointed Minister in charge of Cabinet Affairs.

Meanwhile Jeannette Bayisenge was appointed to the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion, replacing Solina Nyirahabimana who became the Minister of State in Charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs replacing Uwizeyimana who stepped aside following accusations of assaulting a female private security guard in town.

Marie-Solange Kayisire was appointed Minister in Charge of Emergency Management from Cabinet Affairs docket while Dr Tharcisse Mpunga is the new Minister of State in charge of Primary Healthcare.

Mpunga replaced Ndimubanzi, who was moved to Human Resources for Health Secretariat as its Executive Secretary.

President Kagame also named Richard Tusabe as the new Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in charge of the National Treasury while Claudette Irere was named new Minister of State in the Ministry of Education in Charge of ICT and TVET.

Irere formerly served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT and Innovation, a post taken over by Yves Iradukunda.

Régis Rugemanshuro was appointed Director-General of Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB).

In the foreign service, Amandin Rugira was named Rwandan Ambassador to Zambia while Dieudonne Sebashongore was appointed Rwandan ambassador to Belgium.

Monique Mukaruliza previously served as Rwanda’s envoy to Zambia while Rugira was previously in to Belgium.

Out of 27 cabinet members now females make 55.6% of the cabinet up from 42% appointed following the 2017 presidential election.
According to Lonzen Rugira, a researcher and commentator on public affairs, leadership and policy changes in the education sector mean that the sector lacks consistency and sustainability.

“I think there’s a need to drive a sense of purpose in the sector. Changing officials and policies that contract each other is an indicator of the absence of a sense of purpose and direction,” he told the Nation Magazine.

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