Mayor of Rubavu District, Ildephonse Kambogo sacked

On 6 May 2023 at 09:00

Rubavu District advisory council has removed Ildephonse Kambogo from his position as the mayor of Rubavu due to failure to fulfill his responsibilities to protect residents.

The decision was made shortly after Rubavu District was hit by disasters that claimed the lives of 26 residents earlier this week.

IGIHE has learnt that, Kambogo has been accused of dereliction of duties in providing emergency assistance to residents affected by the disasters.

Rwanda’s deputy government spokesperson, Alain Mukuralinda, told reporters on Thursday that 130 deaths have been recorded since flooding began on Tuesday evening.

“There are 77 injuries, with 36 of those individuals currently in the hospital. We also have five people missing,” he said.

Over 5,100 homes have been destroyed and another 2,500 damaged, with residents in need of relocation and shelter.

Prime Minister Édouard Ngirente visited the affected areas in western Rwanda on Thursday, and said search efforts were still underway to recover missing people, adding that the death toll could rise.

The Chairperson of Rubavu District advisory council, Dr. Kabano Habimana Ignace has told IGIHE that disaster management is not the sole reason for the dismissal of Kambogo.

He emphasized that the decision was the result of a series of failures on Kambogo’s part that had been assessed over several days.

Dr. Kabano cited failure to coordinate relevant stakeholders to work together, failure to implement recommendations from his superiors and relentless in responding to citizens’ concerns among other reasons that triggered his removal from duties.

"This issue of disasters is part of a series of faults. One mistake cannot trigger such a decision because the council reaches such a resolution after days of assessment," noted Dr. Kabano.

The extra-ordinary meeting of the district’s advisory council that fired Kambogo was held on Friday 5th May 2023.

Assessing damages occasioned by disasters in the district was part of the meeting’s agenda.

It is expected that the vice mayor in charge of economic development will take over as acting mayor pending the replacement of Kambogo.

Dr. Kabano disclosed that efforts are underway to support disaster-hot residents where shelters are being constructed through community work.

Kambogo had been elected mayor of Rubavu District in November 2021 with 256 votes.

Ildephonse Kambogo has been removed from his position as the mayor of Rubavu.