Veteran MP Juvenal Nkusi will preside over the Public Accounts Committee after being voted into the position overwhelming by members of parliament yesterday in elections to select new chairpersons of the nine standing committees of parliament.
Nkusi, who represents opposition Parti Sociale Democrate (PSD) has been an MP since 1994 and was also Speaker of Parliament from 1994 to 1997. He is known for his no-nonsense handling of government officials who don't give clear explanations of their expenditures. Hon.Theoneste Karenzi was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Public Accounts Committtee.
Connie Bwiza Sekamana, another long serving Parliamentarian, will head the Committee on Economy and Trade with deputy Clothide Mukakarangwa.
Alfred Kayiranga Rwasa, who represents the Rwanda Patriotic Front, retained his position as chairman of the standing committee on Political Affairs and Gender. Yvonne Uwayisenga also retained the vice chairman's position.
Hon. Gabriel Semasaka was voted to lead the committee on agriculture and will be deputized by and Hon. Suzana Mukayijore. Parti Liberale (PL)'s Francois Byabarumwanzi will head the committee on human rights, unity, and fight against genocide and will be accompanied by deputy Innocent Kayitare.
Hon. Marie Rose Mureshyankwano, who will be deputized by Hon. Alphonsine Mukarugema, will head the standing committee on Citizen Welfare.
Hon. Zeno Mutimura was elected to head the Foreign Affairs committee and will be deputized by Julienne Uwacu, while Hon. Agnes Mukazibera was selected to lead the education and cultural committee with Veneranda Nyirahirwa as her deputy.
Four out of nine standing committees in Rwanda Parliament will be chaired by women, while six women are vice Chairperson compared to four men. Each standing committee has either eight or nine members.