The Senate comprises of four permanent commissions and the disciplinary commission mandated to carry out an assessment on senators’ discipline, conduct and guarding their immunity.
These include; Committee for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, and Security; the Committee on Economic Development and Finance; Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Human Rights and the Committee on Political Affairs and Good Governance.
Dushimimana Lambert has been elected the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee for Political Affairs and Good Governance as Murangwa Hadidja deputizes him.
Other senators in the same committee include Karangwa Chrysologue, Nsengiyumva Fulgence, Ntidendereza William and Uwera Pélagie.
Nkusi Juvénal who formely served in the Chamber of Deputies heading the Public Accountant Committee has been elected the chairperson of the Senatorial Standing Committee on Economic Development and Finance deputized by Uwimana Consolée.
Other members of the committee are; Kalimba Zephyrin, Mupenzi George, Nkurunziza Innocent, and Nyinawamwiza Laetitia.
The Senate assembly also elected Bideri John Bonds as the head of the Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security and Mukakalisa Jean d’Arc as the vice-chairperson to coordinate with other members of the committee including Kanyarukiga Ephrem, Nyagahura Marguerite, and Uyisenga Charles.
The Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Human Rights Biro had Umuhire Adrie as the chairperson deputized by Habineza Faustin.
Other members include; Habiyakare François, Havugimana Emmanuel, Mureshyankwano Marie Rose, and Niyomugabo Cyprien.
Senators have also elected Karangwa Chrysologue as the chairperson of the Senate Disciplinary Committee deputized by Uwera Pélagie. Other members are; Havugimana Emmanuel, Mupenzi George, and Mureshyankwano Marie Rose.
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.