President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, through his Prime Minister, Dr Edouard Ngirente, yesterday sacked Ambassador Olivier Nduhungirehe, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister.
Amb. Nduhungirehe has been the lead minister in the Rwanda- Uganda border talks and in the letter, the PM notes that he was sacked for ‘consistently acting based on personal opinions.’
“Today, 09th April 2020. The President of the Republic has removed from office Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe for consistently acting based on his personal opinions over government policies while serving as Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in charge of East African Community,” the statement reads.
The sacked minister acknowledged the sacking quickly and took to his Twitter handle to thank President Kagame for the opportunity to serve his country.
“I am grateful to H.E Paul Kagame for the trust bestowed in me for the past two years and half when I was privileged to serve as Minister of State in the Rwanda Ministry for Foreign Affairs in charge of the East African Community. I am committed to continuing serving my country & the Rwanda Government in another capacity,” Nduhungirehe tweeted.
He will mostly be remembered for being the Rwandan government face at the height of negotiations over the boarder crisis. Last year, he said the crisis was not close to coming to an end because Uganda was not meeting the set conditions by Rwanda.
“The situation is still the same. There is no significant progress made because Uganda is yet to act on the issues we raised. We have not seen anything different or new. Many Rwandans are still languishing in jail without trial, though we see some being dumped at the border. Support for terrorist groups has also not stopped. The likes of the Rwanda National Congress are still active in Uganda. Despite giving Uganda all the details, nothing has been done to address these two issues,” Nduhungirehe said.