BURURI January 18th (ABP) – The Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, Alain Tribert Mutabazi and that of Communication, Information Technology and Media, Mrs. Léocadie Ndacayisaba, have visited Bururi province to listen to concerns of the people of Bururi province.
The questions posed by the people to the Minister of Communication, Information Technologies and Media concern the difficult access to the telephone installations and antennas of telecommunications companies, the weak internet connection, cases of theft in the National Postal Offices, the breakdown of stocks of funds to the same postal offices, that of knowing why ONATEL is not prospering at the same rate as other telecommunications companies.
The Minister of Communication has asked everyone to contribute to the maintenance and rehabilitation of the tracks that lead to the telephone installations located on the high mountains on steep slopes. As for the cases of theft reported in the post offices, Minister Ndacayisaba affirmed that such cases of theft intensified last year with sometimes the complicity of one or the other, but that necessary measures will be taken. The Minister asked the officials of the national post offices to ensure that there is no longer a shortage of money in the counters despite the disruption of Internet networks.
That internet connection issue is reported in Vyanda Commune where a criminal cut a fiber optic cable which caused telephone and internet cuts in financial institutions.
As for the issue of ONATEL, Minister Ndacayisaba indicated that it is not competitive with other private telecommunications companies while it is a public company, adding that it must be supported. According to the CEO of that company, subscribers have significantly reduced the use of ONATEL services, in particular fixed telephones and the ONAMOB connection.
The Questions asked to the Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Alain Tribert Mutabazi, are the disputes between the Ministry of National Defense and the population living around the shooting range on the banks of the Jiji River in Bururi and Songa communes. The other question concerns veterans who request the construction of houses by the ministry.
Minister Mutabazi indicated that this case of disputes with the population has been brought to court and wishes that this case be emptied as soon as possible. If the army occupies the properties of civilian people, after sentencing, the State will proceed with compensation. Concerning the former fighters who want the ministry to build them dwelling houses, Minister Mutabazi specified that only the survivors benefited from the support.