Dr. Iyamuremye has been elected today during the swearing-in ceremony of new Senators who joined the country’s third Parliament. The ceremony was presided over by President Paul Kagame at the Parliamentary building in Kimihurura.
Esperance Nyirasafari, the former Minister of Sports and Culture has been elected the Vice-President of the Senate in charge of Legal Affairs and Control of Government Actions with 23 votes against her contestant Hadija Ndangiza Murangwa who got 3 votes.
Mukabaramba Alvera has been elected the Senate Vice-President in Charge of Finance and Administration with 22 votes against his competitor Adrien Umuhire who obtained 4 votes.
Dr. Iyamuremye thanked his colleagues for the trust bestowed on him.
“I would like to express my sincere gratefulness from the bottom of my heart for the trust bestowed upon me. I assure you of delivering to the best of my ability. My thanks go to fellow senators and co-chairs of the Senate Bureau. It is a great responsibility that we can only achieve success with every senator’s direct support,” he said.
Iyamuremye promised efficiency towards citizens’ common interests
A trained veterinary doctor, Iyamuremye, 74, is a vastly experienced senior PSD politician. His political career spans over three decades. He served under previous regimes, including as prefet (governor) of then Gitarama prefecture, Head of Intelligence, among other key roles.
During the post-1994 period, he served in different Cabinet portfolios, including Agriculture, Information, and Foreign Affairs. He also served as a senator, presidential advisor, among other roles.
He is among the four senate-designates who joined the Senate as a presidential appointee in September 2019.
Other presidential appointees include Espérance Nyirasafari, François Habiyakare and Alvera Mukabaramba.
Until his recent appointment, Iyamuremye was serving as the Chairperson of Rwanda Elders Advisory Forum (REAF), a role reserved for people who have proven experience and ability in addressing national challenges.
Prior to her appointment as Senator, Nyirasafari also served as Minister of Gender and Family Promotion for the Government of Rwanda since October 4th, 2016.
She served as a Member of Parliament Chamber of Deputies Standing Committee on Political and Gender Affairs since October 06th, 2013.
She also held the positions of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice from January 2007 to May 2011, National Prosecutor from 2004 to 2007 and the Chief Prosecutor in former Gitarama Province from February 2001 to July 2004.
From 1999 to 2001, Mrs. Nyirasafari Espérance worked with the Civil Society in the field of women and children’s rights in Haguruka Association.
Dr. Alvera Mukabaramba – the former presidential candidate (2003/2010), was elected the Senate Vice President in charge of Administration and Finance.
She returns to the Senate for the second time.
Mukabaramba is a Paediatrician who graduated at the First Pavlov State Medical University in Russia. Dr. Mukabaramba who is the President of the Party of Progress and Concord (PPC), was the Minister of State for Social Affairs in the Ministry of Local Government.