After Freetown, Banjul: Rwandan capital Kigali gets female mayor

The list of African capitals with female mayors has increased by one as Rwanda’s Kigali picked Marie Chantal Rwakazina as mayoress on Friday morning.

The New Times Rwanda portal reported that Mayoress Marie Chantal won a landslide poll to become the eighth occupant of the seat.

Either way, the city was sure to swear in a mayoress, her other contender was Henrietta Murekatete who polled 5.2% of votes as against Marie Chantal’s 94.8%.

Reports indicate that she will become the third woman to lead the city regarded as one of the most organized on the continent. She replaces Pascal Nyamurinda who recently resigned from the position.

Madam Chantal, 45, a trained economist is also a former university lecturer and United Nations Development Program official.

In the last few months, African capitals have elected mayoresses to steer their operations. It started with Sierra Leone where Lawyer Yvonne Aki Sawyerr was elected Lord Mayor of Freetown. Then The Gambia made history by electing its first female mayor – Rohey Malick Rowey.


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