Why Kagame 'Transferred' Habumuremyi to Burundi


for sale geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>President Paul Kagame today afternoon appointed Anastase Murekezi, Minister of Public Service and Labour to step in the shoes of the outgoing premier.

This website understands that Habumuremyi who has served as Rwanda’s premier since October 2011 was sacked after he refused to appear before Parliament to explain critical government activities.

“Parliament called him twice but did not honour the invitations. So the August House wrote to the President expressing frustrations over the PM’s conduct,” a source narrated.

“The President was also shocked and did not get a satisfactory answer from Habumuremyi thus cracking the whip.”

While the grounds of relieving the Premier of his duties lack strength and solidity, the development is not a surprise to students of President Kagame’s style of leadership.

And this is not the first time Kagame is firing high ranking government officials. Some army Generals have been relieved of their duties and others jailed for corruption and abuse of office.

In July last year, Kagame sacked the Minister of East Africa Community Affairs, Monique Mukaruliza on over incompetence.

The President, who is well known for speaking his mind and holding to account civil servants in public, later revealed that he replaced Mukaluriza with Jacqueline Muhongayire because the former fell short of properly organizing the EAC delegates’ conference in Kigali.

“Why can’t you communicate, where’s your coordination. We can’t reach any goals without working efficiently. This is the reason why I decided to change the Minister of East African Community,” said Kagame.

The President made the remarks while presiding over the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba who replaced Gen Charles Kayonga and the new Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, Dan Munyuza.

Chimpreports now understands that a swearing-in ceremony for the new Premier will take place Thursday at Parliament Buildings.

Sources further said the current cabinet will be sworn-in again on the same day since the Rwandan Constitution demands that the entire cabinet must resign as a result of the prime ministerial shake up.

Article 124 provides that, ‘The resignation or vacation of the office of the Prime Minister on account of any reason shall lead to resignation of other members of the Cabinet. The President of the Republic shall receive the resignation of the Cabinet when it is submitted by the Prime Minister. During such period, the Cabinet shall only deal with routine business until a new Cabinet is appointed’.

“We don’t expect any major changes in the Cabinet. We may have one person to replace Murekezi,” said the source.


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