In accordance with article 72 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda, on 4 August 2020, both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies concluded their respective ordinary sessions, for the year 2019-2020.
Both Chambers in a joint session received the Prime Minister as he presented on the government strategies to deal with COVID-19.
As put by Rt. Hon. Dr Augustin Iyamuremye, Senate President, the Senate carried on its specific responsibilities for monitoring the application of both the fundamental principles stated in Article 10 of the Constitution and the provisions of Articles 56 and 57 of the same Constitution.
Talking about other activities achieved during the just-concluded session, Senate President added that the House passed 6 laws and approved appointments of 8 high ranking government officials.
As far as oversight function is concerned, the Plenary Assembly hosted the Minister for Commerce and Industry for oral explanations for the management of cooperative societies in Rwanda. In the same regard, the Plenary Assembly considered several committee reports and came up with appropriate decisions and recommendations. Besides, oversight activities have been carried out through standing committees, some of which being still ongoing.
Speaking during the closing sitting of 4 August 2020, the Rt. Hon. Donatille Mukabalisa, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, commended Members for their regular dedication and diligence during the outgoing session.
She highlighted major activities carried out during the session, namely, the approval of the relevance of 16 bills, adoption of 17 laws, some of which have been already gazetted. Those laws voted into laws cover the ambit of good governance, justice, and national economic development, mainly proposing a response to COVID-19 and a recovery plan to support activities affected by that pandemic.
As far as oversight activity is concerned, the Chamber of Deputies heard oral explanations furnished by Cabinet members on questions stemming from Plenary Session recommendations and field visits carried by standing committees across the country on multiple occasions.
The Plenary Assembly of the Chamber of Deputies considered committee reports on oversight activities and made recommendations subsequently referred to the Executive for further action.
The Presiding Officers of both Chambers of Parliament commended MPs and parliament staff for their hard work during the last session, whereby they managed to successfully discharge their duties under difficult situations caused by COVID-19. They also urged the latter to keep playing a leading role in eliminating the pandemic.