Parliament

Parliament approves revised national budget

Members of Parliament yesterday approved the proposal by the Government to increase public spending for this fiscal year by Rwf141 billion. While the previous budget for the 2018/2019 fiscal year was slightly over Rwf2.4 trillion, the revised budget is slightly above Rwf2.5 trillion. The...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:39am

MPs have all the tools they need to hold govt accountable – watchdogs

A lot of things often go wrong at several parastatals but if parliament held those responsible to account there would be significant progress in the fight against graft, anti-corruption watchdogs have said. They were responding to last week’s speech by President Paul Kagame in which he...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 1:45am

Mukabalisa re-elected Speaker of Parliament

Donatille Mukabalisa, 58, retained her seat as Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies as a new-look legislative assembly was sworn-in at the Parliamentary Buildings in Kimihurura yesterday. Mukabalisa, who ran unopposed, was unanimously elected speaker of the 4th Lower House by all the 80 members....

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:45am

Mukabalisa returns as Speaker as new parliament is sworn in

President Paul Kagame on Wednesday presided over the swearing in of the 80 members of the fourth parliament, who were elected at the beginning of this month, urging them to live up to their mandate of keeping government in check. The legislators were elected through both direct and indirect...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 5:03pm

The new Parliament should not be trapped in old ways, the page has turned

The new-look Parliament swears-in today with some of the big names that have dominated the last two or three terms making way for new blood. Previous parliaments met with a lot of challenges but slowly by slowly they managed to wade through. Today there is no lack of equipment or facilitation,...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:48pm

New Lower House to be sworn in Wednesday

Members of the 4th Chamber of Parliament will be sworn into office tomorrow. The development was confirmed by Judith Uwizeye, the Minister in the President’s Office yesterday. She said that the MPs will also elect Lower House leaders, including the Speaker, and two Deputy Speakers. The...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 8:19am

Gender equality activists upbeat over next House

Women rights activists have welcomed the fact that the country’s next Chamber of Deputies will still have more women than men, explaining that it will help the Lower House continue to enact laws that are gender sensitive and respond to society’s most important issues. Women will take...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 1:16am

Parliamentary polls: PSD’s leading candidate defends 41 campaign promises

As the parliamentary campaigns enter the second week, different political parties continue to traverse the country seeking the to garner votes to ensure they get as many seats in the next parliament as possible. One of the contestants is the Social Democratic Party (PSD). Speaking to The New Times...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 8:44am

What do you expect from incoming members of parliament?

Rwandans will, on September 2-4, vote for Members of Parliament who include; 53 directly elected MPs, 24 women representatives, 2 youth MPs and 1 representative for persons with disability. As parliamentary candidates and their parties transverse the country soliciting for votes, Sunday...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 7:56pm

Bugesera: RPF candidates promise to consolidate inclusiveness

Hundreds of residents of Juru Sector, Bugesera District in Eastern Province convened at Kabukuba on Tuesday for a campaign rally of Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi) parliamentary candidates. Justine Mukobwa, one of the candidates and member of the outgoing lower chamber of parliament,...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 10:03am

How feasible is Green Party’s plan to scrap taxes on land?

The president of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, Frank Habineza, has said that his party wants to remove taxes on land once its MPs are elected to the country’s next Lower House. Launching his party’s campaign on Monday, the parliamentary hopeful said that the Greens, once...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 9:46am

PS-Imberakuri hails peaceful parliamentary campaigns

PS-Imberakuri has said that it foresees a peaceful campaign season due to the improved security as it bids to secure seats in the lower chamber of parliament. During the 2013 parliamentary elections in which they failed to secure a single seat, the party alleged to have faced some challenges with...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 8:58am

PSD to focus on agriculture productivity

Social Democratic Party (PSD) candidates have said they will focus on making the agricultural sector more productive once elected to parliament. The pledge was made yesterday during the launch of the party’s campaigns in Ngoma District, Eastern Province in which candidates explained the...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 4:03pm

Vote for RPF to fast-track devt, Rwandans urged

The Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF)-Inkotanyi held its inaugural parliamentary campaign rally in Rutongo, Rulindo District yesterday, ahead of the September polls in which they will be seeking to retain majority seats in the lower chamber of parliament. According to François Ngarambe, the Secretary...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 11:58am

Police ask public to stay calm, vigilant during election season

Rwandans need to take extra precautions during the on-going parliamentary election period to ensure that the campaigns and subsequent polls are conducted in an environment that is free and secure. The message was delivered yesterday by the Rwanda National Police spokesperson, Commissioner of...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:54am

Green Party pledges to promote citizen participation in legislative process

The president of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda, Frank Habineza, has said that his party members of parliament would promote citizen participation in law formulation once voted for in the September elections. Habineza was speaking yesterday during the launch of his party’s...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:08am

PS-Imberakuri pledges to address water shortage

PS-Imberakuri has promised residents of Jabana Sector, Gasabo District that it will advocate for policies that that will address water shortage, increase electricity connectivity and improve the road network once elected into parliament. Led by its Chairperson, Christine Mukabunani, PS-Imberakuri...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:05am

PL seeks to empower cell administrators

Leaders of Liberal Party (PL) on Monday convened in Rulindo District canvassing for support ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary elections. The party has put forward a list of 80 candidates to contest in the elections. Speaking at the rally, PL President, who is also the outgoing Speaker of the...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 8:46am

Five things that the Third Chamber of Deputies will be remembered for

The Third Chamber of Deputies was dissolved on Thursday as Rwandans prepare for parliamentary elections due September 2-4. The outgoing Lower House distinguished itself in many ways, ranging from actively seeking accountability for mismanagement of public funds and citizen outreach and engagement,...

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:28am

The old Parliament has set the bar high, the next should go up a notch

The President dissolves Parliament today, one that has been the busiest so far. The outgoing lower chamber had the highest representation of women in the world, hovering around 64 percent at any one time. That number is likely to increase seeing that over 60 candidates are women. RPF-Inkotanyi,...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 8:46am