Dr. Thomas Kigabo laid to rest

On 27 January 2021 at 09:33

It was a day of grief as relatives, friends and colleagues of late Dr. Thomas Kigabo Rusuhuzwa (former chief economist at the National Bank of Rwanda) yesterday bid the last farewell during a ceremony that took place at his home in Remera, Kicukiro district of Kigali city before laying him to rest.

The event was held under strict COVID-19 control measures attracting a little number of mourners present physically while others attended to the ceremony virtually.

Mourners reflected on values that characterized late Dr. Kigabo and described him as a brave, dedicated, patriotic person and man of God with unconditional love to people, who always strived for the good.

The burial of Dr. Kigabo coincided with the death of his little brother who died on Monday in Australia.

Dr. Kigabo died in Kenya on 15th January 2021 where he succumbed to COVID-19. He died at the age of 57.

“He has been a kind person who supported widows, paid school fees for quite a number of orphans. He was also good preacher who instilled Christian values helpful to family members,” said Dr. Kigabo’s wife, Nyantore Diane.

His elder brother, Pastor Irakiza Rweribamba Isaac revealed that late Dr. Kigabo was not only a pivotal family member but also a devoted Christian who served God until his last breath.

“Kigabo was a kind person supporting orphans, widows among other vulnerable people. As relatives, he has left the legacy of good deeds that we shall take on,” he said.

Pastor Sebugorore Henry, an evangelist at ADEPR Nyarugenge Parish said that Dr’ Kigabo was a devoted Christian and member of executive committee who fulfilled his duties diligently.

“Despite his duties in the Government, he was a good Christian who continued to serve God through evangelization which he started at school. He had courage to love and serve God,” he noted.

The Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR), John Rwangombwa revealed that they were saddened to lose a hard working person with international competencies.

“Kigabo was a pivotal person in the management of BNR who strived to take the bank to greater heights. He had international competencies, has contributed a lot to the progress of BNR and helped us in recruitment of qualified staff. We are proud for his achievements. It is difficult to carry on activities without him but it is the nature of the world. May His Soul Rest In Peace,”

Brief history

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr. Kigabo was the Chief Economist at BNR. He left a wife and five children.

Dr. Kigabo was also a board member of Economic Policy Research Network Rwanda (EPRN).

Thomas Kigabo Rusuhuzwa holds a Ph.D in monetary, finance and international economics at University of LYON 2/France and Masters in Applied Mathematics. He joined the National Bank of Rwanda in 2007 as Chief economist, after serving many years as Director, academic affairs and Rector of Kigali Independent University.

Kigabo has been teaching following courses at the same university but also at University of Rwanda and Jomo Kenyata University at bachelor, masters and PHD levels: econometrics, monetary economics, applied mathematics and microeconomics.

He has an extensive experience in research in different areas including monetary policy, financial inclusion, issue related to financial sector development, development economics and regional integration among others.

Kigabo supervised or co-supervised PHD students in Rwanda and in different universities in Europe.

As chief economist at the National Bank of Rwanda, Dr. Kigabo played an important role in formulation and implementation of monetary policy in Rwanda and Government of Rwanda economic policies as well as the development of financial sector.

He also played important role in negotiation of policies with different stakeholders including the International Monetary Funds and the World Bank.