Bujumbura June 14th (ABP) – The First Lady of Burundi Angeline Ndayishimiye returned Monday June 13 from Brazzaville where she participated from June 9 to 10, 2022 in the 26th general assembly of the organization of the first ladies of Africa for the development (OPDAD) under the theme “Twenty years serving Africa’s most vulnerable.”
Upon her arrival at Melchior Ndadaye International Airport, the First Lady of Burundi told the Burundian press that the main objective of the said meeting was the election of new governing bodies of this organization.
Indeed, she said, the first lady of the Republic of Namibia Monica Geingos was elected president of OPDAD and the first lady of the DRC Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi was elected vice-president of this organization.
Burundi’s First Lady Angeline Ndayishimiye has been elected Chair of the OPDAD Steering Committee for a two-year term (2022-2024)
During that meeting, the First Ladies of Africa voted the operating budget of their organization for the next two years, indicated the first lady of Burundi, adding that the first ladies of Africa had time to present each of their achievements in their respective countries over the past two years. The First Lady also clarified that the observation was that everyone is at work.
In this meeting, the various panelists in the field of health were invited, including the ministers in charge of health, the United Nations agencies, the WHO, the representatives of the African Union, who in their contributions showed the first ladies how to carry out their various projects in the field of health.
The Chairperson of OPDAD Burundi did not fail to point out that during this meeting, all the participants welcomed the idea of supporting the vulnerable as specified in this year’s theme, arguing that for a country to achieve its development, citizens must have good health and financial resources. During the audience with the first lady of Congo Brazzaville, the latter praised the way the program of the meeting unfolded.
For her, the holding of this meeting is an honor for African countries in the sense that “What pleases women also pleases men.” She encouraged them to continue to fight for the development of their countries.
The First Lady of Burundi closed her interview by saying that OPDAD is already preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary and that the celebration ceremonies will take place either in Burundi or in Zimbabwe because these are the two countries that have already agreed to host those ceremonies.