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Senator Kagoyire leaves an indelible legacy

Late Bishagara breathed her last on Monday at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore-Maryland of the United States (USA) where she had gone for treatment.

Her demise was announced by Senate President, Bernard Makuza.

Speaking to IGIHE, Senator Makuza said that Rwanda's senate has lost a dedicated worker who executed duties with diligence with longstanding experience having served in different positions.

“We respected her as a professional, vigilant and peaceful person. We used to call her Mother Teresa which reflected her kind heart filled with love. She has been sick for quite some time but we didn't expect her death because she was getting treatment,” he said.

Mother Teresa (nun and missionary) was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the sick and poor. Considered one of the 20th Century's greatest humanitarians, she was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in 2016. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged and disabled; and a leper colony.

Senator Makuza sent condolences to the bereaved family and requested the rest to emulate her character as a hardworking and humble person.

“She was like a parent at work known for her humility and dedication at work beyond her age,” he said.

Senator Michel Rugema, the Chairperson of Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security to which late Kagoyire was affiliated said: “She leaves unforgettable legacy. Her advice, kind heart, dedication at work and right Rwandan moral values shall always remain in our memory.”

Senator Uyisenga Charles who worked with her on the same committee said late Kagoyire was a person of God keen on prayers with strong dedication at work.
“Her deeds are incomparable. She leaves a big gap. She was an exemplary Christian who would always remind us on prayers, motivating us to participate with our families,” she said.

Uyisenga revealed that she was with late Kagoyire in February and March during citizens' outreach programs across the country where she worked courageously.
Late Bishagara was born on 25 December 1952.

She entered the senate of Rwanda as a representative of the Western Province of Rwanda since October 2011 but, prior to this, she served the country in different capacities in the wake of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
She had Master's degree in Molecular Biology Sciences.

Late Bishagara assumed various functions including Team Research in PNLS /CNLS HIV/AIDS Center (1995-1996); Director of Kigali Health Institute (1996-2004); Part Time Lecturer in NUR (1999-2003); National Program Manager JHPIEGO /MCHIP International NGO an affiliate to Johns Hopkins University (USAID) (2008-2011); Resident Advisor Features group International /Measure Evaluation /USAID (2006-2007) ; Technical Advisor PSI -Features for VIH prevention (2005-2006) and Technical Advisor in SAVE THE CHILDREN -UK 2006.

Among others she served as the President of Profemmes Twese -Hamwe and COCAFEM /Great Lakes (2007-2011); Board of Rwanda Local Development Support Funds (2007-2011);Board Member of ASSETIF (Association d'Execution des travaux d'interet public) (2008-2011); Board Member of ULK (2007-2011); Founder Member and Board Member of FAWE Rwanda Chapter (1997 to date) and Board Member of White Ribbon Alliance for Saving lives of Women and Children(2008-2011).

From 2011 until her demise, Bishagara was member of Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security.

Late Bishagara breathed her last on Monday at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore-Maryland of the United States (USA)
Senate President, Bernard Makuza said that Rwanda's senate has lost a dedicated worker who executed duties with diligence
Late Bishagara was born on 25 December 1952.
Bishagara was member of Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security

IGIHE

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