President Paul Kagame has sacked the Minister for Internal Security Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba over corruption related charges.
The sacking of Gen. Nyamvumba was announced by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente in a letter dated Monday April 27.
“Today, 27th April, 2020, President Kagame has removed Gen. Patrick Nyamvumba from his duties as Minister for Internal Security, owing to matters of accountability under investigation,” the statement reads.
Gen. Nyamvumba who is former army chief has been directed to report to Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) Headquarters pending a full inquiry.
President Kagame had in February hinted at firing more ministers including Gen. Nyamvumba, accusing them of lying, carelessness and indiscipline.
Gen. Nyamvumba is the 5th Minister to be dropped from Cabinet this
year so far in the footsteps of Dr. Diane Gashumba (Former Minister of
Health), Evode Uwizeyimana (Former Minister of State in charge of
Constitutional and Legal Affairs).
Others who have stepped been relieved of duties this year include Isaac Munyakazi (Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education) and Olivier Nduhungirehe, (former Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in charge of East African Community).
Previously, Gen. Nyamvumba was serving as the Chief of Defence Staff
of the Rwanda Defence Force before a shakeup in the top military brass
in November 2019 when he was replaced by Gen. Jean Bosco Kazura.
He had served as army chief from 2013-2019.
Prior to that, from 2009 to 2013, he served in Sudan as Force Commander of the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).