BUJUMBURA March 4th (ABP) – The governor of Bujumbura province (western Burundi), Mr. Désiré Nsengiyumva held, on Wednesday March 2, at the headquarters of Muyira zone in Kanyosha commune, a meeting for municipal administrators and heads of provincial services to analyze the grievances collected during the raids carried out in recent days in the communes to listen to the concerns of the people and the action plans of the municipalities, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
Presenting the summary of grievances, the governor’s legal adviser, Mr. Guillaume Niyoyitungira indicated that 85% of grievances related to land disputes, the population pointed the finger at the field of justice for judgments that were badly rendered, the bulk land conflicts being localized Maramvya zone, Mutimbuzi commune.
In the sector of agriculture, he continued, farmers complain about the delay in the supply of fertilizers from the FOMI factory while they pay the advances on time, the lack of selected seeds and sheds to conserve potato seeds in Mugongomanga and Mukike communes.
In trade, there is a general shortage of BRARUDI products, SOSUMO sugar and BUCECO cement, prices are not respected and the population is at the mercy of all speculation, he noted.
In the field of the environment, the population of Gatumba asks that the Rusizi River, which every year left its usual bed to flood it, be protected and that the state lands illegally occupied by the private sector be returned.
The people of Kabezi claims the lands bordering Lake Tanganyika, of which the State claims ownership.
In the health sector, the people decried the poor reception at the Mageyo health center in Mubimbi commune while in Gatumba they castigated the fact that there is a recurring shortage of drugs, which would be evaporated according to a resident of this locality who added that even the corpses are retained for people who have not paid hospital fees.
The lack of water and electricity was also mentioned in Mubimbi, Mukike, Kabezi and Mutimbuzi communes.
On the social side, there are cases of women abandoned by their husbands in Mubimbi commune and the latter marry others in Mutimbuzi commune.
There are also vulnerable old mothers in Kabezi commune who are asking for assistance and the same is true for the displaced persons from Gatumba who are at the Sobel site in Maramvya.
At the level of education, it was raised the fact that some teachers do not perform their duties properly, which is the cause of poor school results in this province and regular monitoring is required for those concerned. It should also be noted that some administrators were charged by their constituents, particularly in Isare, Nyabiraba and Mutimbuzi communes.
With regard to municipal action plans which take the place of performance contracts, the governor reviewed these and asked if the heads of provincial departments are informed of the content of the latter and they replied in the negative.
The communal administrators retorted by saying that the action plans are drawn up in agreement with the heads of communal services and it is they who must keep their heads informed.
In terms of miscellaneous, it was noted that communal agronomists and agricultural monitors do not provide close supervision to farmers, who still practice polyculture in some communes.