Serve public before personal interest -Kagame to new ministers

By Alain Jules Hirwa
On 28 February 2020 at 05:39

New ministers including the Minister of Education, Health and Cabinet Affairs have, Friday, been sworn at parliament during a function presided over by President Paul Kagame who has emphasized the importance of serving public instead of personal interests.

Among the new ministers are Dr. Ngamije Daniel who was appointed Minister of Health, Dr. Uwamariya Valentine, Minister of Education, Dr. Bayisenge Jeannete, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, and Mpambara Inès, Cabinet Affairs Minister.

Others sworn include Tushabe Richard, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Charge of the National Treasury, Lt. Col. Dr. Mpunga Tharcisse, Minister of State in charge of Primary Health Care, Twagirayezu Gaspard, Minister of State in Ministry of Education in charge of Primary and Secondary Education and Irere Claudette, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education in Charge Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

Also sworn in are two members of parliament; Karemera Emmanuel and Mukabalisa Germaine.

Kagame emphasizes services above self

In his speech, President Kagame said that Rwanda is matching on well but needs to pragmatically face the current pressing challenges.

“We need to work better, to work with each other well. All sectors, people from other places, there is no problem in treating others well when they treat you the same. That’s how it should be all the time.”

“You’ve seen it, in the swearing-in, I’ve realized that all of you are young. Most of you are women. You should use those strengths. With them, nothing should be out of our reach. Otherwise, we will have failed ourselves since we have everything we need. We must maintain good practices, a good collaboration, without focusing on ourselves but on Rwandans. I’m not restricting anyone from focusing on themselves, but that needs to come second after the interest of the country.”

“The oath, maybe some read it merely speaking without thinking about what they are swearing. When they ask you, ‘Won’t you use the power you are given for your personal benefits,’ what does it mean? That is the part of the oath which is most difficult to implement. Because of weaknesses, I don’t think it is about being human since making mistakes is natural, but some get so weak that they focus their duties on their personal benefits. It’s not right when repeated a lot. … What’s good is the public’s interest. That’s what is crucial to us, giving the country a good future that we want.”

President Kagame thanked the sworn-in leaders and talked about why some of them change posts.

“The first thing is to thank those who have accepted new duties so that they can work with others in order to keep building our country. For those who changed their posts or left, there are reasons. The first reason, when they change your duties, it doesn’t mean they did not like your performance. It is for the sake of moving with the times or trying to do what we already do in a different way. There are others who leave their duties due to responsibilities that they failed to accomplish. I think we have spoken of this many times here. When people fulfill their duties well, they deserve thanks. When people fail to fulfill them, blame is normal.”

“Even a self-employed person has duties to do a good job so that his work gives out a good result. However, there is no profit when what produced that profit did bad to other people.”

New ministers including the Minister of Education, Health and Cabinet Affairs have, Friday, been sworn at parliament
President Paul Kagame has emphasized the importance of serving public instead of personal interests.
President Kagame said that Rwanda is matching on well but needs to pragmatically face the current pressing challenges.

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