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Speaker of Kenya Senate Kenneth Lusaka borrows a leaf from Rwanda Senate

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Tuesday March 26, 2019, The Speaker of Kenya Senate, Rt. Hon. Kenneth Lusaka has said that he was impressed by inclusiveness in Rwanda Parliament where all groups of people are represented, adding that it is something their legislature can learn from.

Kenneth Lusaka was speaking Monday morning when he was concluding his five-day working visit to Rwanda. The successful visit left Rwanda Senate and the Senate of Kenya signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

He was impressed by structure and the functioning of Rwandan Parliament where all groups of people are represented and realised that it is something that their senate should emulate.

“What I’ve learned from the Senate is that the various interest groups are taken care of, we have the religious people, civil society, we have various interest in the senate, I think, that is something to learn about whenever there is a matter, they meet to discuss the concept of inclusivity where everybody is included. I really admire that. Even in the cabinet, the ruling party cannot have more than 50% of the cabinet that include everybody. For example when because what has caused most African countries to strive is the feeling of exclusivity, not feeling part of the government. That kind of legislation is important because you carry the whole country along where everybody feels they are part of the government,” he explained.

Rt. Hon. Lusaka also commended an outstanding way in which he has been hosted and invited the President of Senate of Rwanda also to visit Kenya Senate.

In a five-day working visit in Rwanda Rt. Hon. Lusaka and his delegation visited different places and activities including Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Gisozi and the Museum for Campaign Against Genocide. Lusaka also visited Gikomero IDP Model Village, Kigali Special Economic Zone. He also visited Petite Barrière Border Post and La Corniche One Stop Border Post as well as cross boarder market in Rubavu District.

Lusaka also met with President of the Republic of Rwanda His Excellence Paul Kagame.