GITEGA September 4th (ABP) – The President of the Republic and Supreme Judge, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye, honored with his presence, on Friday September 1, 2023 at the Ingoma stadium in Gitega (Center of the country), the ceremonies marking the solemn launch of the judicial year, 2023-2024 edition. They were also attended by the Vice President of the Republic, Mr. Prosper Bazombanza, the Prime Minister, and Mr. Gervais Ndirakobuca, members of the offices of the two Houses of Parliament, representatives of the judiciary, defense and security corps, civil society as well as the people of Gitega.
In his speech, the President of the Republic, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye, asked Burundians to pray for the judges who do not carry out their task properly. He remarked that if each province had five fair judges, fair justice would have its place. He announced that he receives, every day, more than 100 plaintiffs who call on him for help, even though there are judges in all the provinces of the country.
The President of the Republic told the judges that at the time, the military and the police had a bad reputation towards the people but that today, they are friends. He wonders why that sector of justice does not change its behavior. To that end, he asked the judges to pull themselves together in order to prioritize the well-being of the population, to read the codes and laws often and to do research to improve their knowledge in order to serve the people well.
President Ndayishimiye suggested that good faith judges serve as a model to enlighten others, and thus, revalorize this sector. He hopes, in the name of God, that sooner or later, equitable justice will have its place in the country. He recalled that there will never be development without justice. That is why he asked the justice service to collaborate with the administration and the police in order to establish justice in the country. He called on administrative officials and MPs to seriously be the eye of the people.
The Supreme Judge has also discouraged the bad behavior which characterizes certain plaintiffs who do not accept the verdicts provided and continue to appeal to higher courts while knowing that they are not right.
As for the Minister of Justice, Mrs. Domine Banyankimbona, she thanked the President of the Republic for his support to the Ministry of Justice, commending in particular the granting of motorcycles and technical equipment. She took the opportunity to point out that the minister needs the vehicles to improve performance.
Regarding achievements, Mrs. Banyankimbona highlighted the conditional release of 2,396 inmates, the provision of lawyers to 873 children, the release and reintegration into their families of 164 children.
As part of the fight against corruption, the Minister of Justice announced that 13 judges accused of corruption have been arrested. An advisor to that ministry was also arrested, also accused of corruption.
Note that those ceremonies were closed by the handing of certificates of merit to the judges who stood out in the accomplishment of their tasks during the past