Rwanda: Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo elected as presidential candidate by PSD congress
The fourth congress of the Social Democratic Party (Parti Social Démocrate) PSD has this Saturday May 22nd met in Kicukiro and elected Dr. Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo as the party’s flag bearer in the forthcoming presidential polls.
The party members have also once again elected Dr. Vincent Biruta to remain as the party’s chairman.
Soon after his endorsement as the party’s proposed presidential candidate, Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo thanked his fellow party members for trusting with the responsibility to represent his party during the august presidential elections.
Addressing the members, Ntawukuriryayo explained that in the 2003 elections PSD supported RPF’s candidate Paul Kagame because at the time, the country was still emerging from a bad regime with a lot of problems that needed to be addressed. He added that PSD has endorsed its party’s flag bearer as an indication of the major strides it has made politically over the years adding that the principles of justice, solidarity and development will continue to be upheld.
Dr. Ntawukuriryayo was Health Minister for several years until two years ago just before the August 2008 Parliamentary elections. He was on the PSD list of candidates for parliament. In the House, he was elected as Vice President.
As Health Minister, Dr. Ntawukuriryayo was the brain behind the health insurance scheme Mutuelle de Sante – which is now said to be covering more than 80% of the population.
Meanwhile in the same event the Social Democratic Party elected the executive committee for the next five years:
President: Dr. Vincent Biruta
First Vice-President: Marc Rugenera
Second Vice-President: Jacqueline Mukakanamugenge
Secretary General: Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo
Treasurer: Penelope Kantarama.
Present at PSD’s fourth congress was an RPF representative Aloyisia Inyumba, PL’s chairman Protais Mitali and the permanent secretary of the forum of political parties in Rwanda Anicet Kayigema.