GITEGA November 2nd (ABP) – The Burundi Senate President, Mr. Emmanuel Sinzohagera closed on Friday, October 29, the ordinary parliamentary session of August 2021 by drawing up a positive assessment of that upper house of parliament. That assessment is marked in particular by the analysis and the vote of seven bills, the control of the governmental action, the approval of the names of the candidates for high responsibilities in the Corps of defense and security and diplomacy, said the president of the senate.
The seven bills approved are as follows: the bill on the ratification by the Republic of Burundi of grant agreement No. TFOB5320 for additional funding for the landscape restoration and resilience project between the Republic of Burundi and the International Development Association, signed in Bujumbura on May 24, 2021.
The draft law revising Law N ° 1/11 of July 14, 2009 establishing, organizing and operating the Burundian Revenue Office, the draft law on the organization of the diplomatic service of the Republic of Burundi; the bill regulating migration in Burundi; the bill revising the organic law N ° 1/03 of February 20, 2017 on the missions, organization and functioning of the national police of Burundi. They also adopted the bill on the ratification by the Republic of Burundi of a grant agreement for the financing of the project to support the improvement of skills and employability of women and young people (PACEF) in Burundi, signed in Bujumbura on August 16, 2021; the draft organic law amending Law No. 1/23 of August 31, 2008 on the missions, composition, organization and functioning of the National Security Council.
In the sector of control of government action, the Senate invited the ministers of Trade, Transport, Industry and the Minister in charge of hydraulics, Energy and Mines to answer oral questions relating to the concerns of the people.
The senators also approved the names of the candidates for high responsibilities in the Corps of defense, security and diplomacy. In August 2021, parliament followed the presentation of the government’s achievements during the last semester of the 2020-2021 budget year.
During that past session, senators participated in national days and festivals to which they were invited.
The Senate in collaboration with UNICEF and the CNIDH organized meetings in the provinces of Ngozi, Rutana and in the Town Hall of Bujumbura to jointly analyze the strategies to be adopted to fight against early and unwanted pregnancies in schools.
In the sector of diplomacy, the president of the senate participated in the 5th world conference of the Speakers of the MPs held in Vienna on September 7 and 8, 2021. That conference was centered on “the reinforcement of the missions of the parliament with a view to the consolidation of good governance around the world “.
On the sidelines of that conference, the President of the Senate met delegations from different countries such as the Kingdom of Belgium, China, Russia, Switzerland and Rwanda. He also met the Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Union as well as the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Senate, represented by its 1st Vice-President also participated in the meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly of African, Caribbean and Pacific States.
During this month of parliamentary recess, the senators will continue field trips to assess the state of implementation of the laws already adopted, collect the complaints of the population. They will also sensitize the people to the safeguard of peace and security and to redouble their efforts in the work of self-development.