All new ministers and state ministers - besides Ministers Claver Gatete of Finance Economic Planning, Jean Philbert Nsengimana of ICT and State Minister Olivier Nduhungirehe of Foreign Affairs and EAC – were sworn-in today at Parliament in a ceremony presided over by President Paul Kagame.
The new cabinet swore in a few hours after they were appointed; a day after the new Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente took his oath. The reshuffle comes after Paul Kagame’s re-election and inauguration earlier this month.
Speaking at the event, President Kagame expressed confidence in the new cabinet, emphasising that he has no doubt whatsoever in their understanding of Rwandans’ expectations.
“We must strive to always do more, faster and better: that is our uniqueness - ubudasa. We owe this to our people. We are a landlocked country. We face challenges that are different from our neighbouring countries’. To solve these issues, we need to do things differently. We can’t afford to live in a ‘comfort zone’,” President Kagame said.
The President further reminded the new cabinet that comfort only serves to increase the cost of what the country wants to achieve.
“We always stress out how collaboration, communication, and coordination are key in building the Rwanda we want. I am not asking anyone to do the impossible. We need to be strategic and efficient. The opposite would be very costly,” the Head of State added.