On Monday, February 10th, 2020, the new urban district leaders were welcomed to their new positions in a handover ceremony that was held at City of Kigali headquarters.
Rwamurangwa Stephen, former Gasabo district mayor was replaced by Umwali Pauline as Gasabo District Executive Administrator. Kayisime Nzaramba, former Nyarugenge District Mayor was replaced by Ngabonziza Emmy as Nyarugenge District Executive Administrator while Solange Umutesi was appointed District Executive Administrator replacing Emmanuel Baingana.
Julian Rugaza was appointed City Manager and Emmanuel Asaba Katabarwa as City Engineer.
Rubingisa welcomed the newly appointed urban district leaders promising them collaboration.
“We welcome newly appointed urban leaders and other appointed officials. The new responsibilities they have been entrusted with require thoughtfulness and play a vital role in the wellbeing of citizens but with collaboration, we expect the best results. We also cannot forget to thank their predecessors who relentlessly contributed to the development of the City of Kigali.”
The new law governing the City of Kigali stated that urban district leaders should be appointed starting July 31st, 2019 as it was published in the official gazette. Urban leaders elected in each district will take up responsibilities for former district mayors and their vice mayors.
The reform saw members of the City of Kigali Council drop from 33 to 11 members.
Dr. Bayisenge Jeannette, President of the City of Kigali Council reminded newly appointed leaders of the many responsibilities awaiting them and that they must fulfill their duties at all times.
“There are so many things expected from you and you should do your best not to betray the trust the government of Rwanda put in you.”
In the new reform, the title mayor was replaced by the District Executive Administrator and the Deputy District Executive Administrator.
Newly elected leaders have a three-year term in office after which they will eligible to run for two additional terms.