In what is seen as a move to strengthen competitiveness of the energy sector and meeting the EDPRS II targets of generating 563MW by 2018 and connect 70% of the households, the government has ushered in administrative changes that have seen the former CEO of Rwanda Energy Group (REG), Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, replaced by Ron Weiss an Israeli national.
The REG chairman board of directors, Prof. Manasseh Mbonye has told IGIHE that Mugiraneza has been replaced because he is likely to be appointed in other duties.
“The board has replaced him with a new CEO. It is usual,” he said.
Ron Weiss was the vice president of Israel Electric Corporation/IEC). He became visible when Israel Electric Corporation signed cooperation agreements with REG to support Rwanda address the challenge of electricity shortage.
The agreements incorporated clauses of training REG employees in construction, renovating, and resource management, making reports among other various areas in connection to electricity in Rwanda.
Prof. Mbonye explained that the new CEO was approved after outperforming others in an interview.
“We found him with enough expertise with the potential of helping us attain our targets. We selected a person with extra-ordinary technical and managerial skills,” he said.
He explained that Ron Weiss who led one of the strongest energy Corporation in Israel has started duties with the support of the outgoing CEO.
Mugiraneza has led REG since its inception in 2014.