President Paul Kagame has appointed Prof. Nshuti Manasseh as Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Charge of East African Community.
Prof. Manasseh, who has served in different cabinet positions before, replaces Olivier Nduhungirehe who was sacked from this position for fronting his personal opinions before government policies, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on April 10.
Who is Prof. Manasseh?
Manasseh, who has served on multiple boards, is a Professor of Finance. He holds a PhD in Finance from Aberdeen University, UK, a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting, Aberdeen University, UK, and A Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) from Makerere University.
- In 2003, he was appointed Minister of Commerce, Industry, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Cooperatives
- In 2005, he replaced Dr. Donald Kaberuka as Finance Minister. Kaberuka had been elected President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
- In 2006, he was appointed Minister of Public Service and Labor
- In 2008, he was appointed as Senior Economic Advisor to the President
Prof. Manasseh was dropped out of public service and later served as Chairman of Crystal Ventures Ltd before moving on to start the University of Kigali, serving as its Chairman Board of Promoters until his appointment.
Sources say he has been serving as a presidential advisor prior to the new appointment.
The Professor is prominently known for his lengthy and deep theses that argued for President Kagame’s third term, a project that is politically regarded as one of the historic moments that will shape Rwanda’s dynamics for a while.
His appointment, for pundits, is seen as both a reward for his contribution and having remained disciplined and keeping a distance from politics.
With his vast knowledge of Uganda, he is also seen as a critical figure who will play a key role in securing a restoration of good bilateral ties with Uganda.
Editor: This article has been revised. We had earlier reported that he is an RPF member, but Aimable Bayingana, RPF Director of Communication, told Taarifa that Prof Nshuti Manasseh is not their member and he always attends RPF meetings as an invited “independent” guest.