Kagame urges ministers to put national interests above self

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President Paul Kagame Friday urged cabinet ministers to always put national interest above self in execution of their duties.

He was speaking at the swearing in ceremony for new cabinet ministers appointed in this week’s reshuffle and two newly elected Members of Parliament, at Parliament in the capital Kigali.

The President Wednesday appointed five Ministers and seven Ministers of State in the latest reshuffle which came days after recent resignations of three cabinet ministers.

He underlined that the changes in government are aimed at bringing on board needed efforts to spur national development.

Those who took oath include the new Minister of Health Daniel Ngamije, a former World Health Organization staff, and Valentine Uwamariya, the Minister for Education who formerly served as deputy vice-chancellor at Rwanda Polytechnic.

Jeannette Bayisenge, was sworn as the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, who replaced Solina Nyirahabimana who was appointed the Minister of State in Charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs.

Others were Ines Mpambara, former director of cabinet; who is now the  Minister in charge of Cabinet Affairs, Richard Tusabe, the new Minister of State in charge of the National Treasury, Tharcisse Mpunga, the new Minister of State in charge of Primary Healthcare, Gaspard Twagirayezu, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, and Claudette Irere the new Minister of State in the Ministry of Education in charge of ICT and TVET, a new docket which had previously been scrapped.

The ministers who resigned early this month include Diane Gashumba, who was the Minister of Health, Evode Uwizeyimana, who was in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs who quit following accusations of assaulting a female private security guard on duty, and Isaac Munyakazi, formerly in charge of Primary and Secondary Education who quit over corruption-related allegations.

Kagame in his remarks explained that the changing needs over time explained the changes in cabinet.

“The other reason is due to failure of some to fulfill their responsibilities. When people do their job well, they should be proud and we should also commend them for doing the right thing. For those who do not, it is only normal to hold them responsible,” he said.

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