Kagame made the call yesterday as he officiated the swearing-in of the new Senate, Airforce Chief of Staff, and the new CEO and Deputy CEO of the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB).
“You were elected Senators based on your values, your patriotism, knowledge, and strengths. This forms the basis of why Rwandans expect you to use your strengths and abilities to improve their lives,” he said.
“Transforming the lives of our citizens will require to work closely with them, to help solve the challenges they still face and advise them on how to confront those that are laying ahead of us,” added the President.
Kagame reminded them that their job is to make sure that Rwandans get all they need and deserve towards living healthier lives.
He emphasized that security and good governance are foundations of their work that should be upheld as everyone’s responsibility.
“Good politics and good governance are things that each one of us should play a role in. This is what has brought us to where we are today. We are not yet where we want to be, but we are on the right path. It is important that we keep owning it and putting in all our efforts,” said the President.
Kagame congratulated new senators who took their oath of office to serve their country, the incoming Senate Bureau; the new Senate President and Vice Presidents and wished them success in their new duties.
He also thanked the outgoing Senate and its Bureau noting that their achievements will serve as the foundation for the incoming Senate’s activities and help the country to keep moving forward.
The newly sworn-in 20 senators will serve the country’s third Parliament for a five-year term.
They joined six others whose mandate will end next year.
Senators sworn-in yesterday at the parliament include Hadija Ndangiza Murangwa, Juvénal Nkusi, Dr. Alvera Mukabaramba, Espérance Nyirasafari, Marie Rose Mureshyankwano, Professor Cyprien Niyomugabo, Dr. Laetitia Nyinawamwiza, Dr. Augustin Iyamuremye, Lambert Dushimimana, Dr. Habineza Faustin, Bideri John, Mupenzi George, Ntidendereza William, and Habiyakare François.
Others include Fulgence Nsengiyumva, Prof. Ephraim Kanyarukiga, Pelagie Uwera, Adrie Umuhire, Innocent Nkurunziza. The senators of the second mandate who are welcoming the new ones include Consolée Uwimana, Charles Uyisenga, Jeanne d’ Arc Mukakalisa, Chrysologue Karangwa, Zephyrin Kalimba, and Margaret Nyagahura.
After the transitional period (1994-2003), the first legislature of the Senate commenced in 2003 and ended in 2011. The Second Senate concluded its mandate on October 10 bringing eight-year tenure to an end.
The Senate of Rwanda has 26 members. Twelve senators are elected by the specific councils in accordance with the administrative entities in the City of Kigali and the four provinces.
Of these, one is picked from the City of Kigali, two from Northern Province, while the rest of the three provinces (West, East, and South) elect three senators each. Eight senators are appointed by the President of the Republic. Four senators are designated by the Forum of Political organizations.
One senator is elected among lecturers and researchers of Public Universities and higher learning institutions. Both the elected and appointed senators serve a five-year term, renewable once.