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Who is William Nkurunziza, the new ambassador to India?

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Kigali: The newly appointed ambassador to India, Mr. William Nkurunziza is the man who came under severe criticism four years ago for incompetency from President Paul Kagame and later lost his job.

Mr. Nkurunziza was the first head of Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA) � charged with bringing in investments and increasing exports. RIEPA is now part of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB).
His job came to the rocks when the appointing authority seemed not to see any tangible results.

In February 2006, President Paul Kagame broke his silence.

�How will you talk about investment, export promotion, education and other things we intend to discuss here without exploring viable ways of addressing the power crisis we are facing?� he said at the annual closed-door retreat.

Saying he was only giving examples, the President made references to several officials namely labour and public service minister El Hajj Andre Habib Bumaya (now exiled), education minister Prof. Romain Murenzi (left country), and the Director General of Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Williams Nkurunziza, and said that some high-profile leaders were working unacceptably.

�However much you, Williams Nkurunziza, might speak good English and be eloquent when talking about export promotion, without electricity you achieve nothing,� Kagame fired.

He wondered how twelve years after the so called enlightened leadership, energy crisis had continued to dog the country. �Twelve years in power without power!�

And indeed in May the following year, Mr. Nkurunziza was sacked and replaced with Mr. Francis Gatare at RIEPA. Mr. Gatare is now the Principal Private Secretary to the President.

Mr. Nkurunziza was not given any posting after serving at the helm of the investment body for several years. Since then he has reportedly been working in Nairobi.

It is hoped that, in the meantime, he has acquired more skills which will allow him to show real performance in his new post as Rwandan Ambassador to India.



1 Kayizanirwa Lin { 04.21.10 at 3:07 pm }

Dear Editor,

I am very dissapointed with google – for the first time. Ihave just noted that not all your facts are right and most importantly that you actually write things without doing your researc first.

The above article is very wrong. The President’s comment on Williams Eloquency was not an attack on him. He was talking to those who were responsible for bringing affordable electricity and water to the country so that investors would then find a good reason to come to Rwanda.

Mr. Nkurunziza’s leaving the job at Riepa did not have anything to do with his competency. Ask those he worked with in Riepa and you will know the truth.

Next time do your homework very well. I am so dissapponted in Google – what a shame.

Your previous avid leader who is right now in great shock.

2 Kayizanirwa Lin { 04.23.10 at 7:17 am }

I am still waiting for a feedback on where the editor of the above article got his facts from. Can someone at google be man enough to let me know.


3 Kayizanirwa Lin { 04.27.10 at 1:39 pm }

Wow, google

Still bent on telling lies. Cannot believe this.

4 Kayizanirwa Lin { 04.29.10 at 11:25 pm }

Wow, google.

Have you done any of your own investigation on Mr. Nkurunziza’s abilities and his competence or you just read newspapers and believe them wholy. If this is what you do – you are going to get into much trouble.

What is in the above artile is complete lies as I said before, but it seems in vain because the artile is still there.

Still dissapointed.

5 Adams { 03.31.11 at 7:38 am }

Dear readers of Google, please allow read beyond what news papers write. Ask your self this, how did Williams get the RIEPA job, where was he before?. What was he doing?. How did he come to get that Job?. Is it by imcompetence?.Where did he find RIEPA, by the way it was called RIPA by that time, why did it change its name?. He is only responsibilty is CHARGES TO HAVE BROUGHT TREMENDOUS PROGRESS IN RIEPA. President KAGAME,himself knows him very well and his capability. Williams LOOK for MORE investors in India and they come. Don’t mind about those who are not interested in retrogressive. Cheers man.

6 August { 07.06.11 at 8:45 am }

Sometimes I am amazed at how ignorant, misinformed and unprofessional some journalists can be! How one- whose job is to inform the masses -can have the audacity to misinform the masses in such a manner. Very unprofessional, very misleading! This is a shame.

7 Amb Grace { 09.14.11 at 7:57 am }

This is very absurd. Media is known to capitalize on bad news. Well, like many Rwandan nationals, the seeds planted by Amb Nkurunziza @ the RIEPA manifest of a smart strategist whose fruits you Mr Editor need to see.
One Amb. Nkurunziza deserves more than praise from the Rwandan.

8 S. Martin { 09.25.11 at 3:37 am }

I have had the pleasure of seeing this man at work and cannot understand anyone saying that he is incompentent – which says a lot about the person who write this article. May be you should question your own competence and GOOGLE should looke elsewhere for information and not from you. Own up.

9 Sewa Martin { 09.25.11 at 4:14 am }

I have had the opportunity of seeing this guy at work, and in my many years of work at hight level, I have actually not seen many work like this guy does. Maybe the editor should revise his own working ethics. Maybe he should try and evaluate his own competence. Mr. Editor – ensure that you have the right facts before you decide to put out such information.

10 Sewa Martin { 09.25.11 at 5:18 am }

I had the opportunity of working with Mr. Nkurunziza and in my long years of service I have not worked with many who are so good at what they do like he does.

It is so dissapointing that an Editor of a widely read medium like google can be allowed to produce such an article without doing due diligence to his work. Maybe he should be the one to start questioning his own competence. Be brave and admit when you are wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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