PSF kicks off polls for new leaders tomorrow

Gasamagera is the current PSF chairman. (Imbabazi Nadege)

The Private Sector Federation (PSF) members countrywide will, starting from tomorrow, head to the polls to elect new leaders, officials have said.

The organisation, which brings together business operators, will conduct the elections for chairmanship, vice-chair and secretary.

According to the chairperson of the organising committee, Felix Mutagoma, elections will be held for cell level, sector, district, provinces and City of Kigali representatives, as well as for chambers of all sectors and interest groups.

The polls, which were approved by the outgoing board of directors on Friday last week, will end on February 21 with election of national leaders.

Sector polls are slated for February 9, district February 13, while PSF provincial leaders will be elected on February 16, Stephen Ruzibiza, the PSF chief executive officer, said yesterday.

The federation is working with the Ministry of Local Government and National Electoral Commission to ensure a smooth process.

The current national chairperson of PSF is Benjamin Gasamagera, who is the fifth chairman of the business community organisation. He is not expected to contest in the coming elections, according to sources.

“The mandate of the current executive committees will cease today to pave way for incoming new leadership that will steer the country’s private sector for the next five years,” Mutagoma said.

He added the umbrella of the business community was working with the government and NEC to “ensure that the process goes on well”.

Only registered and active members of PSF qualify, and must also have business operations in the area where they are vying to become leaders. The organisation has over 5,000 registered members.

“We need strong leadership at PSF, which promotes programmes and strategies that contribute to economic growth and job-creation, according to Mutagoma.

The private sector is the biggest employer in the country.

Rwanda’s growth blueprint, the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) is private sector-led as the country moves toward becoming a middle-income economy.