Dr Faustin Nteziryayo, has been appointed by President Paul Kagame as the next Chief Justice to replace Prof Sam Rugege who is retiring after his 11-year tenure.
Nteziryayo has been a Justice at the East African Court of Justice based in Arusha, Tanzania since 2013. The court is actually also headed by a Rwandan Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja.
Dr Nteziryayo served as the second Justice Minister in the post-1994 genocide against the Tutsi era. He was in the docket from 1996-1999.
Nteziryayo has been in various positions within the Government of Rwanda including Vice Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda, Managing Director of the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency, Senior Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
A Chief Justice is appointed by the President, after consultation with the High Council of the Judiciary and his cabinet. After here, the nomination has to be approved by the Senate.
However, it is unlikely the President’s choice will be rejected by the Senate whose leaders were also appointed by the President.
A prospective Chief Justice must have at least experience of ten years in a law-related field.