Born in Rwanda on December 2 1942, Rwayitare did most of his schooling in Germany, where he also completed a degree in telecommunications engineering.
On his return to Africa he settled in Kinshasa in what was then Zaire. He became a close friend and confidant of Zairean dictator Mobutu Seso Seko, which opened the door to several lucrative business opportunities.
Mr. Miko did his primary education in Rwanda and completed his secondary education in the DRC, before proceeding to Europe to further his studies and obtain a BSc Degree in Electronic Engineering from the prestigious Technical University of Karlsrushe, Germany, in 1975.
Upon return from Germany in 1975, he became Vice-President of Research & Marketing at Gécamines, the state-owned mining conglomerate in the DRC. The extensive exposure and experience gained at Gécamines opened wide horizons for his business instincts. Thus, while holding his top executive post, he gained recognition of the emergence of information technologies in North America and Europe and quickly realised their impact on global business.
He soon successfully negotiated to become a distributor of Hewlett-Packard and Rank Xerox products in the DRC and its neighbouring countries. For this purpose, he formed a company called Computer & Industrial Engineering (“CIE”) in 1977 in Kinshasa. CIE became so successful that it soon expanded the distribution of HP products in Africa, namely in Gabon, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Ethiopia.
Mr. Miko being a born visionary soon realized that he cannot work for someone but for himself. Having been frustrated with the poor landline infrastructure in Kinshasa, he saw an opportunity to start a wireless telecommunications business.
Mr. Miko Alexis Rwayitare wa Gatare Timeline
- 1942: Born in Rwanda, did his primary education in Rwanda and completed his secondary education in the DRC, before proceeding to Germany.
- 1975: Graduated in Electronic Engineering at University of Karlsrushe Germany. Appointed Vice-President of Research & Marketing at Gécamines, the state-owned mining conglomerate in the DRC.
- 1977: Established Computer & Industrial Engineering (“CIE”) a distributorship of Hewlett-Packard and Rank Xerox products in the DRC and Gabon, Rwanda, Cote d d’Ivoire, Senegal and Ethiopia .
- 1986: Founded Telecel International cellular telecommunication networks operator in Congo (First ever mobile cellular network) and the African continent. Here he made the first ever mobile call on the African continent, Telecel operations expanded to 12 countries ie : Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Niger, Uganda, Central African Republic (CAR), DRC, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- 1995: Moved to South Africa his new home and formed Mikcor Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a holding with diversified interests in various sectors, such as broadband communications, real estate, hotels, and a wine farm. Participated and played advisory role in United Nations Advisory Panel on the topic of poverty alleviation .
- 2000: Historic deal in which Egyptian Telecom Giant Orascom acquired significant stake in Telecel.
- 2005: Acquired Goal Technology Solutions a PLC broad-band company based on power-line communication technology, delivering triple play offering to consumers in the South Africa and rest of the African Continent
- 2007: Miko died while in the process of developing The Academy of African Excellence, which he conceived to be a pan-African, world-class university of academic excellence for young Africans. The focus of this high-tech academy was to deliver leadership training and leaders in the key fields of development in Africa, notably agriculture, health, genetics, leadership, human resources, education, and ICT.
Vision -2007 and beyond
“Academy of Excellence”, which he conceived to be a Pan-African, world-class university of academic excellence for the Africans. The Focus of this high-tech Academy, deliver leadership and leaders in the key fields of development in Africa, notably Agriculture, Health, Genetics, Leadership, Human Resources, Education, and ICT.