Rwanda Elects EALA Representatives

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Fatuma Ndangiza, former president of National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, Ambassador to Tanzania

The Rwanda Parliament has concluded elections of its nine members that will represent the country at the 4th East African Legislative Assembly.

Of the nine members, four hail from the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) Inkotanyi coalition while the Liberal Party (PL) and the Socialist Party (PSD) have one representative respectively.

Women, youth and the Persons with disabilities are also represented by one candidate each.

Re-elected members

From the RPF coalition, Oda Gasinzigwa, former Minister of Gender and family promotion, who was elected in October last year to replace Christophe Bazivamo, was reelected for a second 5 year term

Oda Gasinzigwa, former Minister of Gender and Family Promotion

Bazivamo is currently the Deputy Secretary General at EAC)

Also from RPF, Martin Ngoga, former Prosecutor General who joined EALA on March 2015 replacing MP Abdul Karim Harelimana, the 3rd EALA but had resigned for personal reasons at the end of the term, was also re-elected.

Ngoga was last week appointed as a legal commissioner for the newly constituted the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) ethics committee–and is expected to combine this assignment with EALA responsibilities.

Martin Ngoga a member of the RPF

Pierre Celestin Rwigema who served the whole five year term at the 3rd assembly was also reelected for the second and last term.

New EALA faces

New names on this year’s list from RPF Inkotanyi include: Fatuma Ndangiza, former president of National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, Ambassador to Tanzania, and Deputy CEO of Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) respectively.

Alex Bahati representing people with disabilities at the EALA

The Parliament voted in opposition party members- Francine Rutazana from Liberal Party (PL) and Francois Xavier Kalinda from Socialist Party (PSD).

Francine Uwumukiza was also voted in as the Women representative, while Alex Bahati emerged as the candidate to represent people with disabilities and Jean Claude Barimuyabo aged 27, will represent Youth.

Barimuyabo Jean Claude – Youth MP at EALA

The 4th EALA assembly is expected to commence its sessions this June, 2017, despite financial difficulties that have rocked the community.

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