On 24 April 2017, the Rt. Hon. Mukabalisa Donatille, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies hosted in her office, a parliamentary delegation from Zambia on a tour in Rwanda. Their meeting focussed on strengthening bilateral relations especially through parliamentary diplomacy between parliaments of both countries.
Before their courtesy call on the Speaker, the Zambian MPs had held discussions with their Rwandan counterparts, members of the Standing Committee on Education, Technology, Culture and Sports on implementation of National Science, technology and innovation policies and the challenges being faced.
Speaking after the meeting, the Head of Zambian delegation, Hon. Patricia Mwashingwele hailed the strides made by Rwanda in ICT sector and innovation programme as key to national development.
Apart from learning from Rwanda about ICT-based education, Hon.Patricia added that the delegation was looking forward to emulating the strategies of Rwanda in reviving social cohesion after the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.
“What we are taking away from here is not only innovation, not only Education, Science and Technology but we are also taking away the aspect of human experiencethatRwanda went through in 1994 Genoocide against the Tutsi. Rwanda has good starting point for us and for the whole continent and we do appreciate the experience. We commend your programme of Unity and Reconciliation I witnessed the development of Rwanda right on arrival at the Airport and we have been impressed by your agenda to promote industrial products made in Rwanda” she said.
The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies speaking, said that among issues discussed with the Zambian delegation, they tackled the issue of prosecution of genocide suspects still hiding in Zambia and how to join hands so as to track them and hold them to account.
She said: “during our meeting we gave them an overview of the history of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 and spotted out that some of genocide suspects are still hiding in foreign countries including Zambia. In our capacity of lawmakers we discussed how to introduce in Zambian law an Act punishing the crime of denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi and ways and means to prosecute genocide suspects living on the Zambian territory.”
During their tour in Rwanda which started on 23 April 2017, the Zambian parliamentary delegation is expected to meet leadership of institutions involved in ICT before they conclude the tour on 29 of this month.