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Magistrates and litigants are called upon to work for the proper functioning of justice


Apr 12, 2024

BUBANZA, April 12nd (ABP) – Magistrates and litigants in Bubanza province (northwest of Burundi) are called upon to work to achieve the vision of Burundi emerging in 2040 and developed in 2060, according to the Minister of Justice, Mrs. Domine Banyankimbona, who was in that province on Tuesday April 9 to listen to the concerns of the inhabitants of Bubanza in relation to justice.

During that meeting, it was noted that most of the grievances addressed to Minister Banyankimbona concerned land conflicts. The governor of Bubanza province, Mr. Cléophas Nizigiyimana, spoke of certain imperfections in the field of justice, following grievances that reach him, namely certain prosecutors who imprison people for civil cases, some of the provisional decisions taken by the High Court and which create an unhealthy climate between litigants, or litigants who display bad behaviour towards the judicial authorities by refusing the execution of cases already closed and others.

The Minister of Justice invited magistrates and litigants to change their mentalities and to work towards the outcome of a Burundi emerging in 2040 and developed in 2060. She asked magistrates to properly fulfill their tasks because, she explained, judgments rendered concern property and the lives of people. She advised them to always pray to the Good Lord so that he gives them intelligence and wisdom before making any decision. She urged them to work without tarnishing the image of justice, and to avoid judgments that contradict each other because they risk being a source of insecurity. As for litigants, they are called upon to adopt good behaviour towards judicial authorities and their judgments, and avoid tempting magistrates with corruption.

The Minister of Justice requested synergistic and complementary work between the administration, the prosecution and the High Court for the proper functioning of judicial bodies and to appeal to the minister or other high authorities for cases that do not reach to find solutions at their level. That personality invited the president of the High Court and the public prosecutor in Bubanza province to increase the number of meetings with their staff in order to prevent any dysfunction of justice. Development remains difficult with the dysfunction of judicial bodies, she said.

Minister Banyankimbona promised that cases appealing to the minister will be processed as soon as possible.