Kagame presided over the ceremony on August 24, where Sandrine Umutoni, now Minister of State for Youth, Jeanine Munyeshuli, Minister of State for Public Investment and Resource Mobilisation at the Ministry of Economic Planning and Finance, and Maj Gen Albert Murasira, Minister of Emergency Management, took their oaths of office.
Umutoni, formerly Imbuto Foundation Director General, Munyeshuli, formerly Chief Strategy Officer at the University of Global Health Equity, and Murasira, previously Minister of Defence, were appointed on August 22 as part of a cabinet reshuffle featuring several new appointments.
Kagame stressed the importance of individuals assuming accountability not only for themselves and their followers, but also for the nation. The inclusion of Umutoni and Munyeshuli, both women, in leadership positions was intentional, aimed at fostering a sense of youth leadership across various sectors critical to the nation’s development.
He clarified that this initiative is driven by their competence rather than gender, anticipating that it would enable the younger generation to better relate and aspire. Kagame emphasized that fostering this mindset from a young age holds promise for a future where the youth take charge with confidence.
Kagame also reminded the new leaders that their forthcoming responsibilities are a continuation of their prior roles, urging them to build upon past accomplishments and strive for further progress.