Mugabowagahunde, previously served as the Executive Director of Research and Policy Development at the Ministry of National Unity and Civic Engagement. He takes over from Dancilla Nyirarugero, who held the position since March 2021. Meanwhile, Nyirarugero has joined the Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission as a commissioner.
Additionally, President Kagame appointed Dr. Patrice Mugenzi as the Director General of Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA), succeeding Jean-Bosco Harelimana, who was removed due to managerial failure in January.
The new appointment of the governor comes after the recent dismissal of several officials in Northern Province, including the provincial executive secretary and three district mayors.
The dismissals resulted from a multi-sectoral investigation that found these officials failed to uphold national unity and followed the resignation of the district Vice Mayor in charge of Economic Development over a gathering of the Abakono clan that was deemed sectarian.
The event, which saw the installation of Abakono clan chief, attracted over 600 people from all parts of the country and included, among others, government officials, local leaders and leaders in private and security sectors of different capacities.
The event was criticized as sectarian, and the newly-installed chief of Abakono clan, Justin Kazoza, subsequently apologized and renounced his title.