BUJUMBURA November 8th (ABP) – The second deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Abel Gashatsi, visiting Bujumbura province (western Burundi) as part of the parliamentary recess, joined the people of the Mutimbuzi commune to community work consisting of mixing concrete and paving two classrooms at the “Village de paix” basic school of Maramvya, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
The second stage was the inauguration of a block of the communal police station and the hall for parties.
In his welcome address, the administrator of that commune, Mr. Siméon Butoyi, indicated that this police station was built 100% under the funds of the commune while the hall for gatherings was erected with the funds of the National Communal Investment Fund (FONIC) initially to be completed with the contribution of the commune.
In the same vein, the governor of Bujumbura province, Mr. Désiré Nsengiyumva, pointed out that all the communes are safe and the people are going about development work.
However, he continued to say, the people of Gatumba hit by the floods of the Rusizi and Rukaramu demand that a dike be built in order to prevent the overflow of the floods of that river, otherwise life will be impossible. According to Mr. Nsengiyumva, some inhabitants of Gatumba will be relocated to be settled elsewhere, he said, asking that the Kajaga neighborhood be also protected.
He pointed out the land conflict in Kabezi commune, which oppose individuals and the State over land located on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Today we do not know who really owns these lands and things need to be clarified so that these lands are exploited, he suggested.
In the Maramvya zone, he spoke about the people who grab public lands. Moreover, the exploitation of rare earths at Mutambu has left roads and arable land in poor condition. The governor pleaded so that the people and the commune can find their account there. He also asked that the quarters of Gasenyi in Mutimbuzi commune be well developed and that consequently the Mutimbuzi commune which touches on the quarters of the Bujumbura City could be supplied with water and electricity, and that its roads be asphalted like the city.
In his speech for the occasion, the 2nd deputy president congratulated the people of Bujumbura province who lived through a period of war which mortgaged development but which is today at a great pace of development, indicating that this is possible thanks to the peace that is a reality in that province. The people were thus called upon to safeguard peace and security.
Regarding the displaced people of Gatumba, he pointed out that the National Assembly had the opportunity to come to their aid but that it is necessary to prevent so that there are no disasters yet.
To the people who grabbed State lands in Maramvya, Mr. Gashatsi asked to stop covering those people while revealing that the local administration is involved.
Regarding Kabezi lands and rare earths exploited at Mutambu, the 2nd deputy speaker of the National Assembly indicated that the ministers responsible for the environment and mines will be called for oral questions and necessary clarifications will be given.
With regard to the development of the Mutimbuzi commune, in particular the development of the quarters of Gasenyi and Gahahe by providing them with water, electricity and paved roads, Mr. Gashatsi said that it fits into the comprehensive national urbanization policy.