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On this Thursday 31st of March 2016, the general Assemblee of the National Forum for Political Organisation (NFPO) elected new spokesperson. The newly elected spokesperson is Christine Mukabunane, the head of PS Imberakuri who replaced Veneranda Nyirahirwa from the Social Democratic Party (PSD) and Agnes Uwizeyimana, from the Party for Progress and Concord (PPC) elected as the new deputy Spokesperson. These new blood promised to uplift the profile of the forum “I will join efforts with my colleagues to bring together politicians from Rwanda and the beyond to exchange ideas for further development of our country,” Mukabunane said.

Mukabunani gives her remarks after being elected as the Spokesperson for NFPO while looking on is the outgoing spokesperson Nyirahirwa.

The NFPO also presented its proposed budget of Rwf4.8 billion that it expects to use for its five- year-programme (2016-2021).
Activities to be focused on during the five-year programme include promoting unity and of the country, building capacities of its member parties and setting up an office block for their headquarters.

The Executive Secretary of NFPO, Oswald Burasanzwe, said the forum get grant from the government and NFPO was working with various partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to funds its programme.

MP Jean-Baptiste Rucibigango, the president of the Rwanda Socialist Party (PSR), said there was need to develop English among members of political parties through the setting up of a language laboratory so that they can effectively do business in EAC, this must be added in the 2016-2021 NFPO Strategic planing.

Meanwhile, the forum presented a report on the process and results of the local leaders’ elections that were held February and March 2016. The forum, which deployed 100 observers, during the elections said the process was characterised by security, and transparency, and were well organized. However, it said there should be close collaboration between observers and the National Electoral Commission so as to work with more effectiveness.

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