Open main menu

Silas Lwakabamba (born 1947) is a Rwandan professor of Tanzanian origin who has served as the Minister of Education of Rwanda since July 2014 until June 24, 2015.[1][2]


Silas Lwakabamba
Silas Lwakabamba.jpg
Minister of Education
In office
July 2014 – June 2015
PresidentPaul Kagame
Preceded byVincent Biruta
Personal details
Born1947 (age 71–72)
Alma materUniversity of Leeds (BSc), (PhD)
PositionsProfessor, UDSM (1981-85)
Rector, KIST
Chairman, AVU (2006-10)
Former Chair, IUCEA
Rector, NUR (2006-13)


Silas Lwakabamba was born and educated in Tanzania. He went to the University of Leeds in England where he studied engineering, graduating with a BSc in 1971 and a PhD in 1975. He subsequently returned to Tanzania where he joined the staff of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Dar es Salaam. He attained his professorship in 1981, and later became Dean of the faculty. In 1997, Silas Lwakabamba became the founding Rector of Rwanda’s Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, and in 2006, he was appointed the Rector of the National University of Rwanda, the largest public institution of higher learning in the country. He occupied this position until his appointment in February 2013 as Minister of Infrastructure in the Cabinet of the Rwandan government

He was one of the allies of President Kagame during the 1994 Genocide war [3] and as the Minister of Education of Rwanda since July 2014 until June 24, 2015. rector of INATEK


  1. ^ "New faces in the Cabinet: Who is who". The New Times. 27 February 2013. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Profile: Professor Lwakabamba" (PDF). Page 16, Kenyatta University. December 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  3. ^ New faces in the Cabinet: Who is who, Rwanda: The New Times, 2013, archived from the original on 2013-06-20

External linksEdit