Kagame swears-in newly appointed Minister of Local Government, urges leaders to walk the talk

On 11 November 2022 at 02:31

President Paul Kagame has officiated the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed Minister of Local Government, Jean Claude Musabyimana who replaced Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi and urged leaders to walk the talk.

As he presided over the ceremony held at Urugwiro Village, the head of state said responsibilities entrusted to Musabyimana are not new but highlighted that they are more demanding.

Musabyimana who succeeds Gatabazi has over 15 years of working experience as a Lecturer and local Government Agent.

He has been serving as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).

Musabyimana had previously worked as the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Lands and Forestry (MINILAF) between 2017 and 2018.

In 2016-2017, he was appointed as Governor for the Northern Province after serving as the Mayor for Musanze District, Northern Province and Deputy Mayor in Charge of Economic Development of the same district between 2015 and 2016.

As he officiated the ceremony, President Kagame said that leaders should always keep in their mind that serving citizens is their priority.

“The duty of ministers and other officials is to serve Rwandans and the nation, by walking their talks. The duties are clearly defined in the oath he has just taken,” he said.

Kagame expressed optimism that Musabyimana understands well the responsibilities entrusted to him and ready to discharge them.

The head of state reminded him that the Ministry of Local Government holds a great significance for national development which has to be centered on citizens by responding to their needs and enhancing their participation.

Kagame assured Musabyimana of collaboration and urged him to work with colleagues to deliver on expectation.

Musabyimana was named Minister of Local Government on Thursday 10th November 2022.

He holds Master’s degree in Agricultural Hydrology obtained from the University of Agronomic Sciences and Biological Engineering in Gembloux, Belgium.

His predecessor, Gatabazi had assumed the duties since March 2021 replacing Prof. Anastase Shyaka who was later appointed as Rwanda’s envoy to Poland.

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Musabyimana has sworn-in as the new Minister of Local Government.
President Paul Kagame has urged leaders to walk the talk.
The ceremony took place at Urugwiro Village.
President Paul Kagame (in the middle) with the newly sworn-in minister ( second from right) in a group photo with other top government officials after the ceremony.