Louise Mushikiwabo Biography
Louise Mushikiwabo was born on 22 May 1961 in Kigali, Rwandan . Her father was Bitsindinkumi, a Tutsi from the Batsobe clan; Bitsindinkumi worked as a farmer, managing the family’s smallholding as well as working as bookkeeper for a colonial coffee plantation. Her mother was Nyiratulira. She spent her childhood in Kigali. The youngest of nine children,her siblings included Lando Ndasingwa, who became a notable businessman and politician in Rwanda before being killed in 1994 during the Rwandan Genocide, and Anne-Marie Kantengwa, who took over Lando’s hotel Chez Lando after his death and served in the Parliament of Rwanda from 2003 to 2008.
Louise Mushikiwabo Personal life and family
Her brother, Lando Ndasingwa, was the only Tutsi minister in the last Habyarimana government, but was killed at the beginning of the 1994 genocide. Her sister, Anne-Marie Kantengwa, took over the management of their brother’s hotel and restaurant, Chez Lando, after his murder. She is the niece of the distinguished Rwandan scholar and priest Alexis Kagame.
Louise Mushikiwabo Education
Louise Louise Mushikiwabo completed primary and secondary school in Kigali, Mushikiwabo went to study at the National University of Rwanda, in the southern city of Butare, in 1981. She graduated from university in 1984, with a bachelor’s degree in English, and then worked briefly as a secondary school teacher. In 1986, she emigrated from Rwanda to the United States, where she began studying for a master’s degree in Languages and Interpretation at the University of Delaware. Upon finishing her studies in 1988, she remained in the United States, settling in the Washington, D.C. area.She started her career working for lobbying organisations, before taking a position with the African Development Bank (ADB); as part of her role with the ADB she lived in Tunisia for a short time,and eventually became the bank’s Communications Director.
In March 2008, Louise Mushikiwabo was invited by Rwandan President Paul Kagame to return to her homeland Rwanda and take up a position in his government.
Louise Mushikiwabo was appointed to the post of Minister of Information, replacing Laurent Nkusi. Mushikiwabo was responsible for deciding whether to take action against several local media organisations that had run defamatory stories about Kagame, Louise Mushikiwabo generally encouraged her colleagues to support freedom of the press, but was also firm in ensuring that the media complied with Rwanda’s tough laws surrounding genocide denial. In 2009, Louise Louise Mushikiwabo issued a temporary ban on the Kinyarwanda radio station broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), because she claimed it had aired programmes “giving free scope to genocidaires and negationists of the genocide”;the BBC denied this claim, arguing that it and the government had different interpretations of the genocide.