Rwandan MP elected to Pan African Parliament committee
Rwandan MP Julianne Kantengwa was elected by Pan African Parliamentarians last night to be fourth vice-president of the Pan African parliament (PAP). Dr Kantengwa won with 89 votes against 59 for a Kenyan MP.
Kantengwa, 54, has been serving as a Rwandan MP since 2006 when she was elected representing the former Umutara province. She was currently the chairperson for the Committee on Economy and Trade in the chamber of deputies.
The Pan African parliament was established in March 2004, by Article 17 of the Constitutive Act of the African Union, as one of the nine organs provided for in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community signed in Abuja, Nigeria, in 1991. It has 47 African member countries today, including Rwanda.
With its seat in Midland, South Africa, the Pan African Parliament includes to work towards the harmonization and co-ordination of the laws of the member states, making recommendations aimed at contributing to the attainment of the objectives of the African Union, draw attention to the challenges facing the integration process in Africa as well as the strategies for dealing with them.
It also gives recommendations on matters pertaining human rights, democratic institutions and democracy, as well as the promotion good governance and the rule of law. Pan African Parliamentarians have for instance sent a mission to Darfur, Sudan to assess the situation there.
The ultimate aim of the Pan-African Parliament is to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by popular vote.