On 7th October 2019, the two Chambers of Parliament started their first ordinary sessions for 2019/2020, as stipulated by Article 72 of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda of 2003 revised in 2015.
Officiating at the opening of the session, the President of the Senate, Rt. Hon. Bernard Makuza reminded that during the period of parliamentary recess, the Senate as institution continued daily activities through the Senate Bureau, Conference of Chairpersons, Standing Committees, Disciplinary committee and administrative services. The Senators also carried on reaching out to the local community.
Among other activities realised during the period of recess are the publication of the Study on the acts of denial and revisionism of the Genocide against the Tutsi committed outside Rwanda and possible responsive strategies; launch of the unity and reconciliation month and introduction of unity and reconciliation clubs at village level; celebration of the International Day of Peace held on 27 September 2019 and participation in community work (umuganda). The Senate also hosted the senatorial delegation from Namibia - who carried out a study tour in Rwanda.
The official opening of the session in the Chamber of Deputies was presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mukabalisa Donatille, who noted with satisfaction that the House was starting a new session after members were elected by the people to voice their will in the Parliament one year ago. In the course of that period, she added, a lot has been achieved thanks to commitment and teamwork of members.
“During this year in office, we learned how to discharge our duties for the best interest of our people through law-making and oversight. We also never ceased to reach out to the local community,” she said.
She called upon MPs to always be faithful to the oath of office they took on 19 September 2019 and recommended them to uphold devotion and hard work as she assured them that they have all it takes to make it.