Our executive director, Sam opened our first general assembly yesterday, Wednesday 19th November. Forty-one NOUSPR members representing the fourteen groups attended alongside local government officials and members of the press.
In accordance with Rwandan legislation and best practice the general assembly was called with a mandate to elect a new board of governors. After sharing and explaining the adopted rules and regulations the members were asked to nominate and vote for the officials who would make up the governing board. The available posts were Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasure, Advisors and members of the audit and conflict resolution committee.
Using a secret ballot approach and organised by the local government officials the voting preceded in an open and transparent manner.
After thanking all members for their contribution the newly elected chairperson, Shamus MUREKATETE commented…
‘This has been an exciting day for me. I am delighted to be elected as your Chairperson and undertake to perform my duties for the benefit of all. As a previous sufferer of mental illness my election proves that we can come through periods of darkness and successfully rebuild our lives. NOUSPR is a membership based organisation and I intend to put the interests of our members at the centre of all we do.’
Shamus with vice-chair Dionise SHYIRAKERA (the Parstor), and Julius NDASHIMYE, the treasure
Some members of the general assembly at the LABANNA Hotel
‘From small beginning NOUSPR has developed into a fully fledged organization. Today we have taken a key step towards our goal of reaching out to more people suffering with psychosocial problems and increasing the support we can offer our current members. I congratulate our new team of elected governors and look forward to working with them as we continue to advance the status of people with psychosocial problems in Rwanda.’