Kagame meets with Rwandan members of EALA

On 14 January 2023 at 07:00

President Paul Kagame has met with the Rwandan members of the outgoing 4th East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) as well as the members of the current 5th EALA.

Rwanda’s representatives in the fifth EALA include Fatuma Nyirakobwa Ndangiza, Kayonga Caroline Rwivanga, Harebamungu Mathias, Musangabatware Clement, Dr. Nyiramana Aisha, Uwumukiza Françoise, Rutazana Francine, Iradukunda Alodie and Bahati Alex.

The EALA parliamentarians who met with President Kagame on Friday 13th January 2022, were all sworn-in during a ceremony held in Arusha, Tanzania on 19th December 2022.

Upon their election, Fatuma Ndangiza said that they have achieved a lot in the previous term and expressed readiness to work with colleagues to do more.

Representing citizens’ interests, passing the law in favour of single EAC currency and overseeing project’s implementation by different governments are among those achievements.

Article 49 of the EAC Treaty establishes EALA as the legislative organ of the Community. Like most legislatures EALA has as its core functions legislating, oversight and representation.

The Assembly may also perform any other functions as are conferred upon it by the Treaty. As noted above, EALA is empowered to make its own Rules of Procedure and to constitute Committees. EALA maintains seven standing committees: Accounts; Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources; General Purpose ;Commission; Legal, Rules and Privileges; Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution; and Trade Communication and Investment.

EALA may also appoint Select Committees as needed. The composition and leadership of each of these Committees is equally shared among the Partners States.

There are 45 Members of EALA indirectly elected for a five-year (renewable) term by their respective National Assemblies (although not from within the National Assemblies), and five ex-officio Members.

Article 50 of the Treaty requires that EALA’s Members "represent as much as it is feasible, the various political parties represented in the National Assembly, shades of opinion, gender and other special interest groups in that Partner State". As such, EALA members come from diverse backgrounds such as business, NGOs, retired civil servants and Members of the National Assemblies.

President Kagame in a group photo with Rwandan members of EALA.