This Monday 9th June 2022, the National Union of Disability Organization in Rwanda (NUDOR) outgoing board handed over their responsibilities to the new elected board, the ceremony that took place at NUDOR office in Kicukiro district on Kigali city.
The handover took place between two boards after elections by NUDOR General assembly on 22nd April 2022 in Kigali city, the capital of Rwanda. During the handover, the outgoing chairperson Mr. BIZIMANA Dominic thanked his team of the outgoing board members, NUDOR secretariat lead by executive secretary and the entire staff for great work and achievements during their term. Reflecting back on the key achievements made, the president noted that the union of persons with disabilities has become a reality which was not the case from previous years. He pointed out the raising in number of the staff of NUDOR up to 86 workers in comparison to 4 or 5 workers NUDOR had by the years of 2010 – 2011. He indicated that also the number of partners raised with currently 9 projects and 3 programs with more than two billion budget per year. This is too much in comparison to about 36 million that NUDOR used by its first year of 2010. The president lastly thanked the staff initiative to support their organization by voluntarily donating some funds to contribute to the organization’s office in plan.
After pointing out achievements, Mr. BIZIMANA Dominic also talked about what they have not achieved and the challenges they faced. These include some member organizations that are capacitated in leadership and capacity. “Some of our member organizations do not conduct the general assembly meetings as required by the law, others do not elect new board members and their committees, while some others nominate the board members instead of electing them. This is the problem that result in some members looking like disrupting others in the union and asked the new board member to face this challenge of capacity building for member organizations. The second challenge was that the board and the secretariat should not respond to all needs of the member organizations and third was that some member organizations are not strengthened in terms of capacity and insisted that there should be the funds transfer to member organizations for projects implementation. Unfortunately, some members have not enough management skills for the partners to trust them and other partners prefer to work with NUDOR as an umbrella than working directly with member organizations.
In his remarks, the Executive secretary of NUDOR Mr. NSENGIYUMVA Jean Damascene thanked the outgoing board members and asked them to continue to provide their support to NUDOR. On behalf of the staff, the executive secretary promised both outgoing and incoming board that they will continue to work hard to achieve more in this organization. He also talked about the achievements made, where the organization was lending desks at the beginning while now the umbrella has more equipment’s that can be even used to support member organizations. “Our mission is to leave NUDOR better than the time we entered it”, he said.
“We will face some challenges but we will wisely solve them”, the new chairperson.
The new elected board chairperson Mrs.MUKARWEGO Beth Nasiforo thanked outgoing board member present for the great work done and promise to follow their steps in making NUDOR a great organization in different aspects. He also thanked NUDOR secretariat for organizing well the handover ceremony. She said that the new board will always need the support from outgoing board members and urged the other board members to work together as a team. “I want the new board to work hand in hand with all of us, not only the president, not only the vice president or the Secretary General or any other member. I want all of us to work closely”, she said. She said that of course the board will face some problems and that they will wisely solve them. She also asked them to consider privacy and secrecy values in their working, not telling everything discussed from the board to everyone and everywhere, especially for the ongoing issues.
The new board elected on 22nd april 2022 by NUDOR general assembly for a four-year term is made byMUKARWEGO Beth Nasiforo, chairperson; MUNYANGEYO Augustin, vice chairperson; Dr. MUTANGANA Dieudonné, secretary general; ABEWE MUKESHARUGO Bienvenue, treasurer and BUNTUBWIMANA Appoline, HAFASHIMANA Jean Damascene, KAYIGAMBA Paul, UWIZEYIMANA Naomi who are the advisors.