Late Senator Kagoyire laid to rest

On 20 July 2019 at 08:06

Late Senator Thérèse Bishagara Kagoyire was yesterday laid to rest in a ceremony that saw friends, relatives and top Government officials among others bidding their last farewell.

Bishagara, 67, passed on last week on Monday at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore-Maryland in the USA. She had fallen sick of liver complications since March 2019 until her last breath.

Her body was returned on Tuesday this week from the USA and welcomed by friends and relatives at Kigali International Airport.

Bidding farewell ceremonies to late Kagoyire started on Friday morning at her home in Kigali and later to the parliament at the Chamber of Senate where former colleagues and other former co-workers in various functions gathered to bid their last farewell.

The casket containing the body of the former politician was carried to parliament by police officers and draped in the national flag, in recognition of her service to the nation.

Later on, ceremonies continued with a Mass at Regina Pacis Catholic Church in Remera, Kigali city before proceeding with funerals in Rusororo graveyard.

Relatives and former colleagues described late Kagoyire as an honest person, dedicated to working, who always reported at work on time, lived right moral values.

The husband of late Bishagara described her wife as a patriotic person who always strived to leave a good legacy encouraging others to pray and being kind to all.

Former co-workers at KHI said late Bishagara doesn’t leave a tale but a legacy of living moral values.

Senator Bishagara was born on 25th December 1952.

She joined the Senate of Rwanda as a representative of the Western Province in October 2011 but, prior to this, she served the country in different capacities in the wake of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

She had a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology Sciences.

She assumed various functions including Team Research in PNLS /CNLS HIV/AIDS Center (1995-1996); Director of Kigali Health Institute (1996-2004); Part-Time Lecturer in NUR (1999-2003); National Program Manager JHPIEGO /MCHIP International NGO an affiliate to Johns Hopkins University (USAID) (2008-2011); Resident Advisor Features group International /Measure Evaluation /USAID (2006-2007) ; Technical Advisor PSI -Features for VIH prevention (2005-2006) and Technical Advisor in SAVE THE CHILDREN -UK 2006.

Among others she served as the President of Profemmes Twese -Hamwe and COCAFEM /Great Lakes (2007-2011); Board of Rwanda Local Development Support Funds (2007-2011);Board Member of ASSETIF (Association d’Execution des travaux d’interet public) (2008-2011); Board Member of ULK (2007-2011); Founder Member and Board Member of FAWE Rwanda Chapter (1997 to date) and Board Member of White Ribbon Alliance for Saving lives of Women and Children(2008-2011).

From 2011 until her demise, Bishagara was a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security.