The ceremony took place on Saturday 9th July 2022 in Kigali.
Suman Alla, the former President of Rotary Club Kigali Virunga has said that he held the position in challenging times and thanked members who helped the club to roll out its activities.
The President of Rotary Club is elected every year.
Prof. Rugege also serves as the Chancellor of the African Leadership University. He has been a member of Rotary Club for 50 years since 1972.
Prof. Rugege expressed delight for the new position and highlighted that he will draw emphasis on promoting activities meant to uplift the wellbeing of citizens.
He has been involved in different projects in the areas of education, health, hygiene and sanitation.
During his tenure, he wants to launch a Mobile Library with a view to promote the culture of reading among Rwandans.
“As you know, this is among continents where with no culture of reading. We have responsibilities to help African continent to promote the culture. That is why we need a mobile library,” he said.
As of today, mobilization of funds is ongoing to buy the mobile library. It will complement Kigali Public Library launched in 2012. The latter receives over 150 visitors per day.
In the health sector, the club will work with transit accommodation facility for cancer patients in Kinyinya Sector of Kigali City.
The club also seeks to continue working with schools to build hand washing facilities.
His brother, Prof. Sam Rugege congratulated the new leader and wished him all the best during his tenure. He revealed that Prof. Geoffrey was elected for his contribution to Rotary Club in different countries including Uganda, the United States of America and Rwanda.
Prof. Rugege is also hailed for his commitment to help the poor through Rotary Club and having dedicated his time to attend more than 10 international meetings of Rotary.
Rotary club is an organization purposed to bring together businesses and professionals to provide humanitarian services and providing support in addressing problems facing the world by combating illiteracy and poverty, contributing to the provision of safe water, handling disputes and fighting disease.
Rotary International was established 117 years ago. It is currently comprised of over 1.3 million members from more than 200 countries.
Rwanda has ten clubs of Rotary including Rotary Club Kigali, Rotary Club Butare, Rotary Club Kigali Mont Jali, Rotary Club Kigali Virunga, Rotary Club Kigali Gasabo, Rotary Club Musanze Murera, Rotary Club Bugoyi Ibirunga, Rotary Club Kivu Lake, Rotary Club Kigali Seniors and Rotary Club Kigali Karisimbi.