Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame speaking at the National Leaders’ Retreat on Sunday stated that the Minister of Health has been dismissed on an accusation of having lied about the availability of coronavirus test kits.
In a stinging rebuke on his ministers, the President hinted at firing more ministers in the coming days blaming several of them including the former Health Minister Diane Gashumba for lying, carelessness, and indiscipline.
“One morning, I called one of the leaders and the Prime Minister about the Coronavirus and asked that they examine each one of us ahead of the Leader’s Retreat. I told them to tell the minister of health to ensure this,” Kagame said.
“She responded that we have 3,500 kits, and that using 400 of them to test leaders would seriously deplete the number of kits we have. The person I sent told her that the message is an instruction, and that if she has objections she should call me.”
“Later we discovered that we do not have the kits as she said. We have kits for only 95 people and not 3,500. I asked her about this and she started giving excuses in a long story. You leaders, you cannot even speak the truth; how do you expect to solve problems?” President Kagame said.
On its Friday’s report, the prime minister’s office announced it had relieved Gashumba of her duties after ‘a series of habitual gross errors and repeated leadership failures.’
Diane Gashumba had held the office of the Health Minister of Rwanda since 2016.