New appointments in Kigali City, RBA, and Office of the President

On 15 December 2023 at 05:48

President Paul Kagame made new appointments on December 14, signaling a strategic shift in leadership across various sectors. Notable among these appointments are Pudence Rubingisa, now the Governor of Eastern Province, and Cleophas Barore, taking the helm as the Director General of Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA).

Rubingisa, former Mayor of the City of Kigali, steps into the role previously held by Emmanuel Gasana, currently facing legal challenges related to alleged abuse of office.

Meanwhile, Barore, who also chairs the Rwanda Media Commission, assumes the position of RBA Director General, succeeding Arthur Asiimwe, appointed as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Rwandan embassy in the United States.

Additionally, Samuel Dusengiyumva and Solange Ayanone join the Council of the City of Kigali. Dusengiyumva, formerly the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Local Government, and Ayanone, a media consultant, bring diverse expertise to this municipal body.

Valens Uwineza takes charge as the Director of Cabinet in the Office of the President, succeeding Urujeni Bakuramutsa, who transitions to the role of Ambassador-designate to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Col (Rtd) Donat Ndamage is proposed as Rwanda’s envoy to Mozambique, succeeding Claude Nikobisanzwe, who held the post since 2019.

Lawrence Manzi, previously the first counselor at the Rwandan embassy in the US, assumes the role of Ambassador-designate to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Juliana Kangeli Muganza becomes the Deputy Director of Cabinet in the Office of the President, elevating from her previous position as a policy analyst.

In other significant moves, Felicien Usengumukiza rises to the position of Deputy Chief Executive at the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Willy Mugenzi, a former journalist, becomes the Chief Operations Officer of Rwanda Cooperation Initiative, and Stella Nteziryayo is appointed Chief Economist at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

Anita Kayirangwa moves to the Supreme Court as Secretary General, transitioning from her role as Executive Director, National Unity, Itorero, and Citizenship Education at the Ministry of National Unity and Civic Engagement.

President Kagame also appointed Eric Uwitonze Mahoro, formerly a senior executive at Never Again Rwanda, as the Permanent Secretary at MINUBUMWE, rounding out the extensive array of changes in key positions across the Rwandan landscape.