It is becoming viral news that Rwandan President Paul Kagame appointed a 19-year-old Minister on Sunday, 4 October 2020. Although it is intriguing to assign a 19-year-old as Minister, it would be even more newsworthy to make it public. According to some media houses, Kagame appointed Patrick Nkuriza, the Cabinet Minister of New Technologies and Development. This shocked many countries’ leaders, and they commented saying: “Value does not wait for years to come.”
This expression matches perfectly with Patrick Nkuriza’s destiny, claimed to be the new minister. He might potentially be the youngest minister in the entire world. This would earn him a place in the World Guinness Book of Records if the claims are valid. Admittedly, the young intellect has seen a dramatic rise from a baccalaureate at 14 to eventually a Ph.D. in digital communication engineering later.
Patrick is a talented individual who has built many applications. These apps enable his country to do its business in many economic fields. Then it will be correct if he made a minister in his specialization. What sort of minister is Patrick if President Paul Kagame has already appointed him to his office? Ironically, he’s a minister, like nobody else, who stays with his parents and goes to work escorted by his father in a sponsored vehicle. According to Rwanda’s press, the young man has his mom wash his clothes. The mother aids him like any teenager’s parent, in many respects.
A collage of President Kagame and ‘Patrick Nkuriza,’ the 19-year-old so-called Minister of New Technologies and Development, has been used to make the tale real.
Is It True That President Paul Kagame Appointed a 19-Year-Old Minister?
The photograph taken as Nkuriza Patrick is actually Ramarni Wilfred, a British teenager who had his IQ test done at 11 years of age, scoring 162, higher than Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking, a physicist. In England, he is considered a genius and the most intelligent boy.
In several reports in Southern Africa, including the Maravi Post in Malawi, Patrick’s appointment as an ICT minister spread. A significant number of West African Francophone papers in Senegal and Mali were circulating the same fake news to depict Rwanda and President Kagame as ‘progressive’ by questioning the odds of selecting a young man ‘with IQ higher than that of Albert Einstein.’
While President Paul Kagame and Rwanda may be democratic, but false news and photos of an innocent British teenager are not needed to carry the matter home.
Some news sources say that, in the last few days, at least as of October 2018, President Paul Kagame had not named the Minister of ICT. Paula Ingabire, 37, currently occupies the seat, recognized as the Ministry of ICT and Innovation. Rwanda does not have a “New Technologies and Development Ministry” but an “Innovation and ICT Ministry” to clear the concerns.
A quick search on Google unveils that the young and dynamic Paula Ingabire is the Minister of ICT and Innovation. But the ‘Patrick Nkuriza’ google search shows photos of Ramarni or Kakooza Nkuriza Charles (KNC) or Gasogi United players. If there was a ‘tech-savvy,’ Patrick Nkuriza will be throughout the Internet at least. It is still uncertain where the root of the misleading reports came so far.