BUJUMBURA July 27th (ABP) – The Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, Mr Alain Tribert Mutabazi, hosted a press briefing to present the assessment of the major achievements made during the 4th quarter of the 2020/2021 budget year, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
In his speech, Minister Mutabazi indicated that their achievements are focused on the main goals, in particular the strengthening of the defense and security system of the country, the strengthening of good governance, the strengthening of the institutional capacities of the Burundi National Defense Force (FDNB) and the central services of the ministry, improving the image of Defense Ministry (MDNAC), improving performance in the execution of missions through leadership and supervision as well as improving planning and accountability capacities.
In the field of defense, he clarified that the defense forces have worked day and night to guarantee security on all the country’s borders while stressing that the soldiers always remain vigilant to track down any criminal who would try to threaten the security of the country.
In order to maintain the discipline of the army in good shape, the minister said that wrongdoing was tried and punished by the competent courts in accordance with the law. Also in the context of strengthening the field of defense, he said that they participated by video conference in various international and regional meetings.
As part of strengthening collaboration in peacekeeping, he stressed that the MINUSCA force commander made a working visit to Burundi and was received by MDNAC. He added that the MDNAC received in audience various ambassadors accredited to Burundi. These include the United States Ambassador to Burundi, the Ambassador of Egypt and the Ambassador of Angola.
In terms of regional and international cooperation, he said that the ministry received in audience the special envoy of the secretary general of the United Nations in the Great Lakes region.
In the area of good governance, monthly reports on the execution of the 2020/2021 annual action plan have been produced.
Inspection activities have taken place in support units and specialized units for the control of logistics operations, Mr Mutabazi said.
In order to fight against corruption and fraud, the minister stressed that measures have been taken to discourage those bad practices.
Thus, the soldiers were able to seize, in Manga village, 150 kg of dry coffee bound for Rwanda, 55 loincloths from the DRC, and 3 kg and 3 balls of hemp to smoke.
Before concluding his speech, he indicated that this ministry is delighted with those achievements which have just completed the fiscal year 2020/2021. He took the opportunity to thank all those who, directly or indirectly, have contributed to the successful implementation of the actions included in 2020/2021 annual action plan.
To that end, he cited some challenges, in particular the lack of financial means to equip the military construction authority and to build the imagery and surgery building at the Kamenge military hospital. He added that for the new fiscal year 2021/2022, they recommend everyone, individually and in synergy with others, to redouble their efforts for the effective success of the actions included in the 2021/2022 annual action plan.