The handover between the outgoing Mayor of the City of Kigali Rwakazina Marie Chantal and the Acting Mayor Busabizwa Parfait took place yesterday at the headquarters of Kigali city witnessed by the Chairman of the City Council Rutabingwa Athanase.
Busabizwa who doubles as the Vice Mayor in charge of Economic Development temporarily succeeds outgoing city Mayor Marie-Chantal Rwakazina who was in July 2019 appointed by cabinet as Rwanda’s ambassador to Switzerland.
Rwakazina, 45, was recently cleared by the senator to assume her diplomatic duties. She has been in the office for over a year since May 2018 taking over from Pascal Nyamurinda who resigned for personal reasons.
The Chairperson of the City Council Athanase Rutabingwa said that the acting Mayor will continue to serve until the new City Mayor is elected as they are in the process of organizing elections with the National Electoral Commission.
Rwakazina served in different functions working for the United Nations Development Programme until 2018 when she was elected to lead Kigali city.
A new law governing Kigali city was released on 31st July 2019. The latter incorporates reformed structure in the administration of Kigali city and eliminates the existence of districts’ advising committees.
The law stipulates that elections to replace Kigali city leadership should take place in no more than six months.