Political parties forum gets new spokesperson

Phoebe Kanyange, leader of the Party for Solidarity and Progress (PSP) was yesterday elected as the new spokesperson of the The National Consultative Forum of Political Organisations.
Kanyange speaks to the media after the elections yesterday. (Faustin Niyigena)
Kanyange speaks to the media after the elections yesterday. (Faustin Niyigena)

Phoebe Kanyange, leader of the Party for Solidarity and Progress (PSP) was yesterday elected as the new spokesperson of the The National Consultative Forum of Political Organisations.

She replaces Christine Mukabunani who held the position for the last six months.

 

The new deputy speaker is MP Esperance Mwiza from the Rwandan Patriotic Front.

 

The elections of the spokesperson and her deputy were held during the forum’s general assembly that attracted various representatives of political organisations operating in Rwanda. Kanyange promised to deliver to her best.

 
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A party representative casting his vote during the elections for the Forum's Sposkesperson and the deputy. (All photos by Faustin Niyigena)
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A polling officer counts the votes by the party representatives. 

“I’ve been working with the Forum since its creation. I know where the loopholes are. So, I will try to work hard so as to maintain the good image of the forum,” Kanyange said

Mukabunani, the outgoing spokesperson, from the Party Social Imberakuri, said the Forum is a mirror through which Rwanda’s democracy is viewed.

“Under this Forum, political organisations come together despite having different ideas which manifests democracy. It is a platform that helps politicians to avoid bickering and prioritise the common good, of building the nation,” she said.

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Outgoing Sposkesperson Mukabunani addressing members of the forum shortly before the elections. 

She urged the new leaders to prioritise national interests.

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Outgoing Sposkesperson of the Forum Christine Mukabunani shares a light moment with her successor Phoebe Kanyange after the elections yesterday. 

During the same meeting, participants discussed the proposed amendment of some articles in the law governing political organisations and politicians that was enacted in July 2013.

The changes, proposed by the Ministry of Local Government, seek to align with the new Constitution that was adopted last year, according to Mukabunani.

The National Consultative Forum for Political Organisations was established in 2003 and brings together eleven recognised political organisations in the country.

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