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08.07.2011 10:41 Category: MINALOC News


From right to left: UK Ambassador Llewellyn-Jones, MINALOC James MUSONI, Mrs Sarah TIFFIN and PS Cyrille TURATSINZE

July 08, 2011




“The United Kingdom of Great Britain is committed to support Rwanda’s governance and community development programs”, Mrs Sarah Tiffin, the Head of East Africa, Great Lakes and Somalia Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, has said.

The remarks were done after the meeting with the Minister of Local Government, Honorable James MUSONI, at the Ministry’s head office, on July 08, 2011.

Mrs Sarah Tiffin, who has been in the country for a two day official visit, was accompanied by the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Rwanda, Mr Ben Llewellyn-Jones; and the Minister was accompanied with the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Cyrille TURATSINZE.

Their discussions aimed at strengthening partnerships between the two countries, since UK is one of key development partners with Rwanda. Specifically, the discussions focused on governance programs such as decentralization, political and civil rights in Rwanda as well as community development programs.

The Minister explained all requirements for a political party to register, as provided by the law. For a political party to register, a minimum of two hundred people is required, with at least five of them from every district. This is to ensure Rwandans’ representation and inclusion.

The law governing political parties and politicians was enacted first in 2003 and it was amended in 2007 to allow political parties to operate at the grass root level.

Again, this law is being amended, for political parties to be registered by an independent body, which shall be entrusted with powers to register non-governmental organizations, religious communities as well as promotion and monitoring of good governance in Rwanda.


The Government has adopted the decentralization policy since the year 2000. Decentralized entities promote citizens participation, transparency and accountability.

The delegation commended Rwanda’s governance system and appreciated the role played by local councilors in promoting good governance in Rwanda.