LIBERIA: House Strengthens Relations With Rwandan Parliament

By Randall George, GNN Legislative Reporter |

Liberia’s Legislative delegation to Kigali has returned home, and has told newsmen on lessons learned from the engagement with the Rwandan Parliament.

It can be recalled the delegation left Liberia on September 8, 2021, to honor an invitation from the Speaker of the Rwandan Chamber of Deputies, Rt. Hon. Mukabalisa Donatille.

Addressing Legislative Reporters Wednesday, September 22, Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers and Colleagues, Hon. Johnson Gwaikolo, Chairman on Rules Order and Administration and Hon. Matthew Zarzar, Chairman on Elections and Inauguration said at the Rwandan Parliament, they held discussions aimed at strengthening relations between the two bodies.

Speaking separately on their experiences while on the trip, beginning with Representative. Matthew Zarzar said the Rwanda Speaker Donatille recognized the good relationship between the government and the people of both countries.

Representative Zarzar said Speaker Donatille assured them (Liberian Delegation) that both Parliaments have shared insights into Legislative activities that can be of mutual benefits.

For his part, Nimba County’s District #8 lawmaker, Representative Johnson Gwaikolo noted that he was quick to observe that since the end of the conflict in Rwanda, progress has been made that is worth emulation; something he said the delegation takes very seriously.

Considering African oneness, Speaker Chambers pointed out that both Parliaments shared experiences and processes with one another in order to improve governance for efficiency and effectiveness for the benefit of the citizens.

Noting further, Dr. Chambers noted with pleasure the vision of President Paul Kagame that is positively affecting the progress of Rwanda.

The Parliament of Rwanda consists of two chambers: The Senate The Chamber of Deputies Prior to 2003 the Parliament of Rwanda was unicameral.

Former names are Legislative Assembly, National Development Council and the Transitional National Assembly.

Seats: 106 members (80 and 26)

Houses: Chamber of Deputies; Senate

Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies: Donatille Mukabalisa.

While in Kigali the Liberian delegation also visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial where Speaker Chambers laid a wreath at the grave of some of those who lost their lives.

Ending, Speaker Chambers said the Rwandan Speaker is happy to visit Liberia anytime soon for the continuation of strengthening relations.

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