The Minister of Trade, Industry and East African Affairs, François Kanimba has been sworn to become an ex-officio representing Rwanda in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
Kanimba was sworn in yesterday during the meeting of EALA held in Uganda. The oath was based on the article 5 of the law indicating performance of EALA.
It establishes that no member can sit or participate in activities of the assembly before swearing in for duties.
The article stipulates that if a member attends the assembly for the first time, has to be accompanied by two people who lead him to the president of the assembly to receive the oath.
Minister Kanimba joins MPs Martin Ngoga and Patricia Hajabakiga who already represent Rwanda in EALA.
Kanimba was assigned to head the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Affairs after the government phased out the Ministry for East African Affairs led by Amb. Valentine Rugwabiza last year in October.
Amb Rugwabiza was later appointed Rwanda’s envoy to UN in New York.
Kanimba became Minister of Trade and Industry from 10th May 2011 after serving as Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda from 2002.