Kagame: 2012 Was Not Easy For Rwanda

ed geneva;”> Kagame made the remarks at Parliament on Friday while officiating over the swearing in of two new Ministers and the Deputy Ombudsman.

“We should always anticipate that problems will always be there and be ready to always provide solutions, no matter the challenges. You all remember the problems we faced last year but although we hope to have less this year, we should always anticipate different problems and find befitting solutions.”

Kagame was referring to international condemnation of Rwanda following a UN report that accused Kigali of supplying weapons and other logistics to M23 rebels in neighbouring Congo.

The Rwandan government vehemently denies the allegations.

Several western countries suspended aid to Rwanda as the government battled allegations of stoking the fires of the DRC crisis in which hundreds were killed and other displaced to refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

Sworn-in during the ceremony were the new Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Stella Ford Mugabo and the Deputy Ombudsman, Clement Musangabatware.

Kagame called on new cabinet members to focus on addressing the challenges and concerns of the citizens.

‘‘Your most important role is to serve Rwandans and to always be willing to work together as a team to address our challenges. No matter the challenges we may be faced with, we know and we have seen that there is always a solution,’’ said Kagame.

‘‘Let me take this opportunity to thank both outgoing ministers for a job well done and also wish the incoming ministers the best of luck in their new positions,’’ he concluded.

Minister Busingye, who worked as Principal Judge of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ), based in Arusha, Tanzania, replaces Tharcisse Karugarama.

Minister Mugabo, who replaces Protais Musoni, was the head of Public Sector Capacity Building Secretariat.

Prior to being appointed Deputy Ombudsman, Mr. Musangwabatware worked as a journalist with Radio 10 and later joined United Nations Development Program where he was working as public relations officer.

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