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PRESS RELEASE - New Governing Council Elected - March 29, 2019

ICPAR elects CPA Dr. Patrick Uwizeye as President

On the 29th March 2019, at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (ICPAR) Annual General Meeting, CPA Dr. Patrick Bugabo Uwizeye was elected as President and the Chairman of Governing Council, taking the reins from CPA Bosco Mkombozi Karake, who has been at the helm since 2015.

CPA Dr. Uwizeye will be deputized by CPA Patrick Shyaka Marara who was elected as Vice President. New members of the Governing Council elected include CPA Patrick Gashagaza; CPA Iza Irame; CPA Andrew Nekuse; CPA Moses Nyabanda; and CPA Clarisse Umutoni.

ICPAR members also elected the Disciplinary Commission where CPA Rehema Namutebi was elected the chair of the commission while CPA Christian Mbabazi, CPA Moses Asiimwe and CPA Simeon Khakata were also elected as commission members. CPA Lindsay Hodgson was elected as a member of the inspection commission while CPA Francis Mugisha was nominated as a member of the Curriculum, Professional Education and Examination Commission.

In his acceptance speech, CPA Dr. Uwizeye acknowledged the efforts of his predecessor vowing to building on his achievements and take the institute to greater heights. “CPA Mkombozi and his team have done a wonderful job in steering the institute and the profession in the right direction. The Governing Council and I look forward to build on the achievements registered and deliver on our mandate,” CPA Dr. Uwizeye said.

The outgoing President CPA Bosco Mkombozi Karake pointed out that the achievements registered during his presidency were a result of focused teamwork from the Governing Council, Commissions, and various stakeholders that include Development Partners and importantly the Government of Rwanda and the Secretariat. During his tenure, critical areas of his focus included; enhancing ICPAR relevance, developing and implementing a sustainability plan, revamping professional qualifications to meet market needs, rolling out a road map and implement actions for compliance with the Statement of Member Obligation (SMOs), particularly SMO1 that relates to Audit Quality Assurance and working to ensure the institute gets a permanent home among others.

“I am grateful to everyone who contributed to the achievements that we registered as a team, from members of the governing council, our secretariat as well as members who were on hand to offer support in various ways. We surely could not have achieved so much without your contributions,” CPA Mkombozi said.

The elected Governing Council mandate will run for two years after which they will be up for re-election. They are expected to assume their responsibility after the handover.