Under the theme “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating and Transforming”, Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Rwanda Branch gathered virtually on March 19, 2021 to participate in the Commonwealth Day Celebrations and they held an interactive seminar, with the aim to promote knowledge of the constitutional, legislative, economic, social and cultural aspects of parliamentary democracy.
In her opening remarks, the Speaker of Chamber of Deputies, Rt. Hon. Mukabalisa Donatille, who was also the President of the CPA Rwanda commended the Executive committee of the CPA Rwanda Branch for defying the current global pandemic and going ahead with the preparation of this event.
Speaker Mukabalisa said that the covid-19 pandemic shook and turned the world upside down, put nations in a critically challenging situation. She expressed satisfaction to how resiliently parliaments reacted to the current global crisis by carrying on delivering to their electors.
Speaker Mukabalisa called for Parliamentarians to capitalise on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2021) to be held in Kigali and play their role by voicing their views and contributions in addressing the challenges that the Commonwealth nations and the world, in general, are facing.
The Chairperson of Executive Committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Rwanda Branch), Rubagumya Emma reminded that this day was to be celebrated on March 8, 2021, but this date coincided with International Women’s Day, hence the suggestion to celebrate it on March 19, 2021.
Celebrating Commonwealth Day 2021, Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Rwanda Branch took a minute of silence to pay tribute to Late President Dr John Pombe MAGUFULI who passed away.