By Elias Hakizimana.
Senior officials and members of Liberal Party (PL) have committed to increase the number of candidates who will represent the party in the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled in September 2018.
Hon. Donatille Mukabalisa, the President of the Party said that there is a hope to have good candidates to represent Rwandans and the party in parliament during the forthcoming MPs elections.
Mukabalisa was speaking during the national conference of the liberal party that was held in Kigali on June 10, 2018.
“We plan to increase the number of MPs from Liberal Party to represent Rwandans in the parliament; and we believe Rwandans will vote for us when we present them our manifesto and we hope to have a big number of MPs from PL in parliament,” said Mukabalisa.
During the forum, PL members have confirmed on the guidelines for listing candidates for the MPs election and the next five-year party’s key policy principles within the programme 2018-2023.
Mukabalisa reminded fellow members to focus on good governance of the nation and engage citizens’ full participation especially in economic development and management of the national economy and democracy.
In line with the upcoming parliamentary elections that are slated for September 2-3, 2018, the party embarked on its planed political programmes of five years (2018-2023), about which members shared ideas and will be presented to Rwandans during the election campaigns.
Mukabalisa said that among the criteria for the manifesto that the party will follow include integrity and capacity and determination to represent Rwandans in parliament. She noted that gender equality between women and men will be given an emphasis in the country’s development and youth involvement in the national political activities.
“We have made a significant role for the country’s development as PL is represented in all sectors of the governance, at national level and at local government authority.
We are dealing with the preparations of the upcoming MPs election and we are making a list of candidates, this will be submitted to the national electoral commission (NEC) when the time for electoral campaign comes on board. We are preparing electoral campaigns and many activities are being done in this regard and we expect them to yield fruitful results,” Mukabalisa noted.
Prof. Amb. Joseph Nsengimana, PL Executive Committee member who have also been representing the party since June 1994-1997 said that the party plans to achieve more in its next five year priorities basically in good governance, Economy, Justice and citizens’ welfare.
Nsengimana said that they will promote the national tax budget to be increased from 16,1% to 30% in 2023.
Dr Usta Kayitesi, Deputy CEO of RGB in the discussion shared to PL leaders advised them to focus on social economic development and good governance of the nation to build a peaceful Rwanda every citizen wants.
Kayitesi said that integrity is key for development among the citizens and leaders.
She urged PL leaders to build sustainable ways of ending malnutrition and stunting that are still burdens to the country.
“We must combat malnutrition and stunting. Food are available to combat stunting but what we have to do is to build basic skills among the citizens. We must tell people that a kitchen garden is very important for good nutrition of children,” Kayitesi said.
Elias Hakizimana @theinspirerpubl