BUJUMBURA November 25th (ABP) – The salary adjustment for the departments under the supervision of the Ministry of Communication, Information Technologies and Media, as well as the recovery of the National Telecommunications Office (ONATEL) are among the files left by the outgoing Minister of Communication, Information Technologies and Media, Mrs. Marie Chantal Nijimbere to her successor, Mrs. Léocadie Ndacayisaba, it was revealed on Tuesday November 23, 2021 in Bujumbura, during the ceremonies delivery and recovery between the two ministers.
ONATEL has been experiencing organizational and financial difficulties for several years, Nijimbere said, indicating that the highest authorities in the country have instructed the line ministry to do everything to restore this unique public telecommunications company.
Various actions have been taken by the ministry in that regard, she underlined, noting that a note on remedial measures was prepared and presented to the Cabinet meeting held on September 29, 2021. A commission was by the follow-up put in place by the prime minister with a view to developing a roadmap for the implementation of the recommendations of the Cabinet meeting on the situation and the recovery measures of ONATEL, said Mrs. Nijimbere.
Regarding the file related to the issue of salary adjustment within the departments under the supervision of the Ministry in charge of Communication, Minister Nijimbere indicated that the latter was initiated by the government of Burundi within the framework of salary harmonization, but that it was not effective for the personnel of the departments of the ministry whose salaries come from the general budget of the State. While the salary adjustment for civil servants was to extend over four years, from 2016 to 2020, the staff of these departments was only adjusted over two years, from 2018 to 2020, Nijimbere said, estimating that the salary adjustment for this category should be extended to last four years like the other civil servants. In addition, she argued, the staff of the departments under supervision demand that he be restored to his rights.