Oda Gasizingwa replaces EALA’s Bazivamo

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By Daniel Sabiiti

maxresdefaultRwanda parliament this Wednesday October 19, 2016 elected Oda Gasinzigwa as the new lawmaker to represent Rwanda at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Arusha.

Gasinzigwa replaces Christophe Bazivamo who resigned from his position after being elected as the new Deputy Secretary General to the East African Community (EAC) in charge of administration and finance this September 2016.

With only five members of parliament missing from the full house of 80 members, parliament elections held at the Rwanda parliament building in Kimihurura at 9am, went smoothly as Gasinzigwa emerged with 71 votes beating her contender Callixte Kanamugire, who only got four votes.

“We wish her success and our expectations are high” said Hon. JMV Gatabazi, one of the Voting MPs at the parliament today.

Gasinzigwa has served as the Executive Secretary of Women’s Council and until her election to EALA, she was had served as minister of Gender and Family Promotion until recently when she was relieved of her duties by the cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame in March 2016.

Bazivamo joined EALA after replacing his predecessor Dr. Damien Habumuremyi in 2011.

Bazivamo has served as the Prefet of the then Gitarama Prefecture.  Later on, he became the first Executive Secretary of NEC until 2002, when he was appointed Local Government Minister.

Since then, he has held several ministerial posts in the Ministries of; Internal Security, Agriculture, Land, Environment, Forestry and Water and Mines. Since 2002, he has been the vice chairperson of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF).

 

 

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