BUJUMBURA August 3rd (ABP) – The Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Daniel Gélase Ndabirabe, opened on Monday, August 1, 2022, at the Kigobe hemicycle, the ordinary parliamentary session of August 2022, in accordance with the Article 179 of the Constitution of the Republic of Burundi.
During the parliamentary vacation that has just ended, Mr. Ndabirabe said that the members of the Bureau of the National Assembly carried out several activities while remaining alongside the population. As far as he is concerned, the Speaker of the National Assembly took part in the teachings for leaders, given by the Congolese pastor Marcello Tunasi at the Church of the Rock, during the evangelical crusade organized under the theme “Prepare the way of the Lord “.
He reported having held a moralization session with the representatives of religious denominations, where he gave them advice on introspection, self-knowledge and spiritual transformation of the soul in order to dominate the body. That session was animated in order to contribute to the resolution of the material conflicts which are observed in certain churches, underlined the leader of the elected representatives of the people.
In his field trips in Muyinga province, the first Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly, Mrs. Sabine Ntakarutimana, visited a construction site which will house the provincial offices and the other which will house the communal offices, as well as a mother building- child from Muyinga Hospital.
She also visited the various trading centers set up to relieve the central market of Muyinga and thus helped the returnees to do business.
Mrs. Ntakarutimana met with officials from the education sector at all levels and visited a private university in Muyinga and a small production unit called “Tumaini Company” which manufactures animal feed and porridge flour from maize.
The second vice-president of the lower house of parliament, Mr. Abel Gashatsi, meanwhile, visited all the communes of Muramvya province, where he joined the population in works of public interest. In particular, he visited the developed Mubarazi-Kaniga marsh, the storage shed of the “Turi kumwe twese birashoboka” cooperative in Mbuye and the place where the Treaty of Kiganda was signed.
Mr. Ndabirabe went on to point out that in their visits to the field, the deputies sensitized the population on the practice of irrigation so that the land close to the water sources is exploited at all times. They also encouraged the population to continue to group together in cooperatives, in response to the call of the President of the Republic, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye.
With regard to parliamentary diplomacy, the Speaker of the lower house of parliament reported that he led a delegation from June 29 to July 2, 2022, which took part in the Baku conference of the parliamentary network of the non-aligned movement in the Republic of Azerbaijan under the theme “Strengthening the role of national parliaments in promoting world peace and sustainable development”.
From 8 to 9 July 2022, a delegation of Burundian MPs who are members of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) participated in an online meeting on ACP-EU parliamentary dialogue on the list of the EU (European Union) non-cooperative tax jurisdictions and that of third countries regarding the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, to name but a few.
As for the main mission of the National Assembly, Mr. Ndabirabe said that the people’s elected representatives will analyze and adopt more than 15 bills during that ordinary parliamentary session of August 2022. Those include, among others, the bill amending law No1/35 of 31 December 2014 on the organic framework of religious denominations, the bill relating to the peaceful use, safety and security of nuclear energy and ionizing radiation, the draft law revising Law No1/28 of August 23, 2006 on the general status of civil servants and the draft organic law on the delimitation of the provinces, communes, zones and villages/neighborhoods of the Republic of Burundi.
For all practical purposes, the National Assembly supports and appreciates the measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of Rift Valley fever and to protect human health. It once again commends the implementation of permanent stall breeding because, said the Speaker of the National Assembly, had it not been for that practice, that Rift Valley fever would have caused enormous losses.
As for the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Assembly urges the people to remain vigilant while respecting barrier measures.