The RPF senate caucus, made of 16 senators, is undergoing a one-day training session with focus on the role of senators in national transformation.
RPF Secretary General, Francois Ngarambe, opened the session on Sunday morning.
Among his points in his key note speech, was freedom of speech.
He told the senators that free speech is key in the important legislative work they do “but you must make sure that what you do or say is in line with the values of RPF.”
In the recent RPF National Congress, members raised concerns of fear to speak out and criticize others.
Then, the chairman, President Paul Kagame, encouraged members to feel free and fear no body. He said RPF cadres have seen it and shouldn’t fear nothing.
Meanwhile, the SG also emphasized to the senators that during the discussions, they must remeber that it is an obligation to strive for the unity and welfare of Rwandans.
“Such meetings are important; they help us to be on the same page as regards delivering on our mandate of uplifting the welfare of Rwandans,” he said.
He reminded them that they need to uphold the trust bestowed upon them by their constituency.
“In everything you do, put the interest of the people before personal gain. Whenever you have the opportunity to serve, avoid at any cost to fall into the trap of conflict of interest.”
Senate Vice-President, Hon Esperance Nyirasafari, said, “We have been in Senate for 3 months now. The training will help us to synchronise our legislative work with the values of RPF, which we represent.”
She said among other issues they will discuss about is the use of technology in the advancement of people’s welfare. “Technology is also vital to ease the way we connect with the electorate,” she said.
The SG applauded his team for the initiative to organise this training.