The Parliament of Rwanda, in partnership with European Union, conducted a 2-day training for journalists on parliamentary reporting aiming at packaging them with basic knowledge on the functioning of the Parliament and helping them to produce accurate news-stories on parliamentary activities.
In his address, the President of the Senate, Rt. Hon. Dr Iyamuremye Augustin noted that Parliament and Media are closely related bodies. Referring to the speech of the President of Rwanda: "Members of Parliament serve as eyes, ears and heart of the people", he added that the media serve as people's voice.
The Senate President also indicated the Parliament’s willingness to promote its collaboration and cooperation with the media for the betterment of the citizens' lives. Therefore, Parliament organised this workshop.
“The parliamentary reporting training focuses on mission, structure and functioning of both houses of the Parliament, its complementarity with other branches of Government, and the role of the media in informing the public on what the Parliament does,” Senate President added.
The Executive Secretary of the Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo, commended the Parliament for organising the workshop, saying the initiative proves Parliament’s support for professional Media development that effectively inform and educate the public in reporting on parliamentary activities.
"At the end of this training, we want to see these journalists having adequate knowledge & skills on parliamentary procedures, enabling them to produce news stories that help the public understand more what Parliament does on behalf of the people," added the Executive Secretary of the Media High Council.
Concluding the Media Training on the parliamentary reporting, the Clerk of the Senate reminded reporters that they play a key role in making the public aware of what Parliament does. "Our activities would be useless if there was no one to inform the public of them," He said.
The Clerk of the Senate of Rwanda once again reminded the press that the Parliament of Rwanda is willing to continue to strengthen its collaboration with the Media, as reiterated by the President of the Senate Rt. Hon. Dr Iyamuremye Augustin officially opening this training.
Assumpta Kaboyi, who spoke on behalf of the trained journalists, praised the Parliament of Rwanda for organising the training and esteemed the participants for their good behaviour. She urged journalists to make news stories that help the public to know better what the Parliament does.