BUJUMBURA April 14th (ABP) – The Minister of Justice, Mrs. Domine Banyankimbona, indicated, on Wednesday April 13, 2022, during a press briefing on the achievements of the third quarter, that an amount of 2,255,524,903 BIF was paid into the account of the public treasury, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
Mrs. Banyankimbona said that as part of the national reforestation program “Ewe Burundi urambaye”, the Ministry of Justice grew 14,600 trees and organized community work throughout the country by focusing on sanitation at workplace.
She announced that moralization meetings have been organized for justice personnel and plaintiffs with a view to reminding each other of their rights and duties. This is in particular speed in the processing of cases, respect for human dignity in their missions to render justice and respect by plaintiffs in the enforcement of judgments rendered. It was also to encourage justice personnel to focus more on development activities and avoid endless lawsuits when they are not going to derive interest from them.
The Minister of Justice has thus indicated that reforms for the revision of certain laws that have become obsolete have continued, and that six draft laws have been drawn up while six others have been translated into Kirundi. In order to guarantee access to justice for all, the Ministry of Justice provided legal and judicial assistance to 318 vulnerable people, including 127 women, by providing them with lawyers to defend their cases. A campaign to judge criminal cases that were before the courts of residence was organized and 11,146 criminal cases were closed.
She also announced that the Special Land and Other Assets Court, in turn, rendered 96 judgments and executed 32 files that were sunk. That court brought back an area of 54 hectares to the State, which had been despoiled by private individuals.
In the penitentiary field, Mrs. Banyankimbona indicated that various prisons have carried out income-generating activities enabling them to contribute to their means of subsistence, also to fight against the idleness of prisoners and thus prepare for their reintegration. The work includes rice growing, the growing of oil palms, the growing of tomatoes and tea as well as the raising of cows and goats.
In the field of land, the Ministry of Justice has begun to sensitize the people for land registration. In that context, 1,227 title deeds were issued by the Land Titles and National Cadastre Management.