Rwanda names new EAC minister

Friday May 01 2020

Professor Manasseh Nshuti. He has been appointed to Cabinet as Rwanda's State Minister for the East African Community. PHOTO | COURTESY | UOK


Rwanda has announced the appointment of Professor Manasseh Nshuti as the new State Minister for the East African Community.

Prof Nshuti replaces Olivier Nduhungirehe who was fired early April for "consistently acting based on personal opinions".

Nshuti, a veteran politician and businessman, returns to public service after a 10-year hiatus. He previously served as minister of labour between 2006 and 2008.

Prior to that, he served in top positions as minister of commerce in 2003 and as minister of finance in 2005.

He also served as the presidential economic advisor, before being moved in 2013 to head the ruling party’s business conglomerate, Crystal Ventures.

Mr Nshuti has also been the Chairman of the University of Kigali since 2013.


His new job will include steering efforts to patch up relationship with Uganda, following a diplomatic dispute that has hurt cross-border trade, free movement and regional security.