In not a surprising circumstance, the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Issac Munyakazi, has resigned.
He tendered in his resignation on Thursday evening to the Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente.
The Prime Minister also received another letter of resignation from the Minister of State in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Evode Uwizeyimana.
Both letters, which were announced by the Prime Minister’s Office on twitter shortly before midnight, will be delivered to the President.
This evening the Rt Hon. PM Ngirente received letters of resignation from the Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education Issac Munyakazi & Minister of State in charge of Constitutional & Legal Affairs, Evode Uwizeyimana, to be delivered to H.E the President.
— Office of the PM | Rwanda (@PrimatureRwanda) February 6, 2020
Reasons for their resignation were not announced by press time, but for Uwizeyimana, the cause is written on the wall for anyone to read.
Uwizeyimana has been under fire for assaulting a security guard on Monday February 3, at Grand Pension Plaza, one of the city malls.
He has been undergoing investigation by the Rwanda Investigation to ascertain allegations of mugging a female security guard who had insisted that the minister goes through a metal detector. While investigations continued, the public demanded for his resignation.
I deeply regret what happened. It should not have happened to me as a leader and public official. I already apologized to the ISCO staff and I now do so publicly and apologize to the public as well. https://t.co/QtTeeId1Hn
— Evode Uwizeyimana (@EvodeU) February 3, 2020
As for Munyakazi, a source told Taarifa that he is ill and hospitalised at King Faisal.
There is also allegations that he received a bribe.
The case, the source said, landed into the President’s ears, prompting an erratic rant. The source declined to comment further.
Another source had told Taarifa in 2018 that Munyakazi had allegedly connived with ministry staff to award tenders to suppliers through dubious procedures. Our investigations were aborted after failure to secure forensic evidence to pin him, but the investigation project had not yet been buried completely.
Another source told Taarifa that Minister Munyakazi has been facing multiple complaints of misconduct and misdemeanors lodged in against him.
Until government reveals the cause of the duo’s resignation, the public will only continue making assumptions. Munyakazi was appointed into the position in October 2016. Prior to that, he had been serving at University of Kigali as the Dean of the Faculty of Business Management and Economics and previously served as the Director of Academic Quality.
Uwizeyimana was also appointed at the same time as Minister of Constitutional and Legal Affairs in the ministry of justice from serving on the constitutional review commission. Prior to this appointment, Uwizeyimana had been a very vocal critic of government living in exile.