Rwanda’s new Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente, is regarded by many as a brainy economist. During his swearing-in yesterday, President Kagame spoke passionately how his new prime minister has the ability and the required skills to execute this task.
Close associates who know him personally and professionally speak highly of him; summarized in four words: very modern, direct, accessible and effective.
Born to Athanase Ngirumpatse and Costasie Gaju Mukankwano, on February 22,1973, Dr. Ngirente is not a much known figure in the public arena.
From his primary education at Rwahi Primary School, he went to Groupe Scolaire de la Salle, in former Byumba prefecture (now Gicumbi District) for his high school before perusing Economics at the University of Rwanda and proceeded to earned a PhD degree in Rural Economics from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
A lecturer at the University of Rwanda, he taught Econometrics and was also a coordinator of the research and information branch on rural economy and health.
On October 27, 2009, Dr. Ngirente was appointed Senior Economic Advisor to the minister of finance and economic planning, then John Rwangombwa who is now Governor of the Central Bank.
The brainy economist left for a juicy job in the World Bank serving as a Senior Economic Advisor to a directorate that covers over 20 countries a untill he was appointed to replace Anasthase Murekezi as Prime Minister. Murekezi, now Ombdsman, has been at the helm since 2014.
Dr. Ngirente is married to Constance Gaju Twagirayezu with two beautiful daughters.
What is his job ahead?
As he begins another term as President, Kagame has hinted on several aspects that make part of his to-do-list. In a recent interview with The Financial Times, President Kagame hinted on robustly developing the private sector and sustaining what he has achieved but most importantly, “to invest and keep investing in our people: education, skills, technology, many things, and then later other things like even in health and so on.”
On the list of his worries, he outlines: expanding and growing an under-developed private sector, achieving more regional integration, dealing with external commodity prices and narrowing the gap in the trade balance by increasing exports.
Clearly, Dr. Ngirente’s job, as head of government, is cut out outrightly right there. “With the support of all citizens, we will achieve our vision,” he told state radio shortly after his swearing-in.
Former Prime Ministers
Dr. Ngirente is the 11th Prime Minister since January 28, 1961 when Gregoire Kayibanda become the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda. Below is a list of all the Prime Ministers since then.
Gregoire Kayibanda (January 28, 1961-July 1, 1962)
Dr. Sylvestre Nsanzimana (October 12, 1991 – April2, 1992)
Dr. Dismas Nsengiyaremye (April 2, 1992 – July 18, 1993)
Agathe Uwiringiyimana (July 18, 1993 – April 7, 1994)
Jean Kambanda ( April 9, 1994 – July 19, 1994)
Faustin Twagiramungu (July 19, 1994 – August 31, 1995)
Pierre-Célestin Rwigema August 31, 1995 – March 8, 2000)
Bernard Makuza (March 8, 2000 – October 7, 2011)
Dr. Pierre-Damien Habumuremyi (October 7, 2011 – July 24, 2014)
Anastase Murekezi (July 24, 2014 – August 30, 2017)