Pierre Habumuremyi

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Pierre Habumuremyi
Pierre Damien Habumuremyi.jpg
Prime Minister of Rwanda
In office
7 October 2011 – 24 July 2014
President Paul Kagame
Preceded by Bernard Makuza
Succeeded by Anastase Murekezi
Personal details
Born (1961-02-20) 20 February 1961 (age 53)
Ruhondo, Rwanda
Political party Rwandan Patriotic Front
Spouse(s) Musabyimana Petronilla
Alma mater University of Lubumbashi
Panthéon-Assas University
University of Ouagadougou

Pierre Damien Habumuremyi (born 21 February 1961) is a Rwandan politician who served as Prime Minister of Rwanda from 7 October 2011 until 24 July 2014.[1] He previously served as Minister of Education from May 2011 to October 2011.

Early life[edit]

Pierre Habumuremyi was born in 1961 in Ruhondo, Musanze District. He studied in a number of countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, France and Burkina Faso. He obtained a B.Sc. in Sociology, before completing his post-graduation at the University of Lubumbashi in 1993. He then completed M.Sc. in Political Science from the Panthéon-Assas University in 2003.[2] He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, having completed his research at the University of Ouagadougou during 2006-2011.


Pierre Habumuremyi started his career as an academic, serving as the assistant professor at the National University of Rwanda from 1993 to 1999, and also served as a lecturer at the Kigali Independent University and the Kigali Lay Adventist University during 1997-1999.[3] During this period, he also worked as a project coordinator at German Technical Assistance programme (GTZ Kigali) during 1995-1997 and a Senior Project Manager for the Catholic Relief Services during 1997-2000.[2]

From 2000 to 2003, he was the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission of Rwanda, after which he served as the Executive Secretary until 2008.[2] Habumuremyi was elected as one of Rwanda's nine representatives in the East African Legislative Assembly on 11 May 2008.[4] He was succeeded as Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission by Charles Munyaneza in July 2008.[5]

Pierre Habumuremyi was subsequently appointed to the Rwandan government as Minister of Education in May 2011, replacing Charles Murigande.[6]

He was appointed as the Prime Minister on the evening of 6 October 2011. His appointment came as a surprise to many, given his relatively low profile on the political scene.[7] He was succeeded by Anastase Murekezi after the nomination of the latter as the Prime Minister by the president of Rwanda Paul Kagame on 23 July 2014.[8]

He has written a book The Political integration in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide: Utopia or Reality, which was published by the Palotti Press (Kigali) in 2008.


  1. ^ Rulers.org, Rulers (B. Schemmel)
  2. ^ a b c . Virunga News. 2011-06-10 [Rwanda: Pierre Damien Habumuremyi appointed as new Prime Minister. Rwanda: Pierre Damien Habumuremyi appointed as new Prime Minister.] Retrieved 2012-11-21.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "The Prime Minister". PMO Rwanda. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  4. ^ Felly Kimenyi, "Parliament elects Rwanda’s representatives to the EALA", The New Times, 12 May 2008.
  5. ^ Dan Ngabonziza, "Former NEC boss leaves office", The New Times, 29 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Remaniement ministériel au Rwanda, le Premier ministre inchangé", Angola Press Agency, 7 May 2011 (French).
  7. ^ "New Prime Minister Damien Habumuremyi". Rwanda Dispatch. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  8. ^ http://www.umuseke.rw/anastase-murekezi-yagizwe-minisitiri-wintebe-mushya/

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bernard Makuza
Prime Minister of Rwanda
Succeeded by
Anastase Murekezi