On 4 December 2020, both Chambers of Rwanda Parliament separately closed their first Ordinary Sessions of 2020/2021 that had started on 5th October 2020.
In his closing remarks, the Senate President Right Honorable Iyamuremye Augustin commended the Senators for their commitment and hardworking during the just-concluded session.
President of the Senate made a recall on various activities accomplished by the Senate including, approvals of the appointment of 6 high public officials including the Ombudsperson, one ambassador and others Director Generals of parastatal institutions and the monitoring of fundamental principles.
He added that the Senate exercised the oversight of Government activities by adopting various reports of the standing committees. He mentioned the report of the committee on the issue of children defilement and teenagers’ pregnancies, the oversight on the implementation of the Government program of promoting Made in Rwanda, among others.
He also noted that during the 1st ordinary session of 2020/2021, the Prime Minister has informed, the joint plenary sitting, about the actions of Government in the Educations Sector.
Highlighting activities that marked the Chamber of Deputies, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Right Hon. Mukabalisa Donatille, stated that during this session, Deputies adopted the relevance of 28 draft laws, voted 24 laws and some of them have been promulgated and others were published in the Official Gazette.
Among other activities that featured this 1st session include outreach activities made by all MPs in all districts to oversee how the citizens are implementing the instructions of curbing Covid-19, overseeing the development programs designated to promote the welfare of the citizens as well as exchanging views with the grassroots citizens’ representatives.
She also stated that they heard the presentation of the Minister of Planning and Finance on the situation of the national economy and oral explanations of the Minister of Infrastructure on the issues raised by MPs in their reports of all MPs Outreach of January-February 2019, and December 2019 to January 2020.
The Speaker also recalled that different parliamentary Standing Committees tabled their report before the Plenary after their oversight on different subjects and that the resolutions were sent to the Government.
In parliamentary diplomacy, Speaker Mukabalisa said that despite the outbreak of Covid-19, Members of Parliament virtually participated in various international meetings including the meetings of Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Article 72 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 2003 revised in 2015, stipulates that the plenary of each Chamber of Parliament takes place during ordinary and extraordinary sessions, starts on the same day and closes on the same day.