She breathed her last yesterday as announced by Senate President , Bernard Makuza in a communiqué released on behalf of the parliamentary chamber of senate.
“It is with heavy heart and great sorrow that the Senate of Rwanda announces that Honorable Bishagara Kagoyire Thérèse has passed away on this July 8th 2019 in The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA where she had gone for medical treatment,” reads the statement in part adding that details regarding the memorial service and funeral will be communicated later.
“Our thoughts are with the family of Honorable Bishagara Kagoyire Thérèse. May Her Soul Rest In Peace,” concludes the statement signed by Maskuza.
Late Bishagara was born on 25 December 1952.
She joined the senate of Rwanda as a representative of the Western Province of Rwanda since October 2011 but, prior to this, she served the country in different capacities in the wake of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
She had 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 member of Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security.