The Mayor of the City of Kigali, Pascal Nyamulinda, has resigned.
He tendered in his resignation letter on Tuesday evening, sources told Taarifa this morning.
His letter was addressed to the City Executive Council (EC), according to its Chairman, Athanase Rutabingwa.
“We received his letter,” he said, “and he cited personal reasons,” Rutabingwa explained.
Vice Mayor for Economic Development, Parfait Busabirwa, takes over as interim City Mayor, awaiting a new mayor to be elected.
At the moment, the Vice Mayor will handle all mayoral duties.
Rutabingwa said that due to the sensitivity of the post, elections have to be held as soon as possible, but he did not specify when elections would be held.
“We are likely to meet on Friday and decide what next,” he said.
Thereafter, the council, he said, will write to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) and request to organize an election exercise.
Ranked one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, the city of Kigali has the highest turnover of mayors with Pascal Nyamurinda being the eighth in 23 years.
Nyamurinda, who was elected in February 2017, came at a time when city dwellers were demanding for a leader who will involve them in decision making process following previous controversial policies.
After taking oath then, Nyamurinda said, “As a leader I will do whatever it takes to ensure that your [dwellers] views and concerns receive deserved attention as well as addressing the challenges…”
Nyamurinda had pledged to bridge the gap between the residents of Kigali and the government of Rwanda and committed to providing quality service delivery.
He had also promised to direct more efforts to infrastructural development to achieve the highest standards expected of a fast growing modern city.
Another area he had promised to focus on was to maintain the city’s cleanliness as well as upgrading roads and schools.
He said he will among others attract more investments to the City and develop the private sector.
Hitherto to his election Nyamurinda 53, had served the Rwandan government in many ranks.
He has served as the Director General of the National Identification Agency (NIDA) since 2012.
He also served as Rwanda’s diplomat to the UN in New York along side serving in various security organs.
Mayors of Kigali City since 1994.