Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi (L) chats withMinisters Stanislas Kamanzi (C) and John Rwangombwa after the Governance open day discussions yesterday. The New Times / John Mbanda.

The Government will begin an evaluation process to assess the performance of local leaders, from provincial to village level, in order to streamline service delivery and good governance in the country.

Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi disclosed this yesterday while giving his key note speech during the ‘Accountability Day’ discussions at Telecom House, where cabinet ministers and top officials convened to discuss what the country had achieved so far, while looking at the future.

The PM observed that though the country has achieved a lot in all sectors; much still needed to be done to consolidate the accomplishments as well as ensuring proper provision of services.

“We are going to make sure that provinces evaluate the performance of districts. Districts will in turn evaluate the sector. What we need is to ensure quality performance that provides quality services to the population,” he said.

The Premier noted that top government officials would be required to visit residents to assess their needs and solve their problems.

The discussions also noted that citizens and the international community exhibited confidence in the justice sector.

“The image of justice in the country has totally changed .The international community and Rwandans in general now have confidence in our justice system. That’s why countries like Canada can send people like Leon Mugesera to be tried in Rwanda”, Justice Minister, Tharcisse Karugarama told participants.

The 59-year old genocide suspect was deported recently from Canada.

During the meeting, the Minister of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs, Gen. Marcel Gatsinzi, revealed that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees recommended the invocation of the Cessation Clause. This will come into effect on June 30, 2013 targeting refugees who fled the country between 1959 and 31st December 1998. He pointed out that the Government was ready to receive refugees interested in returning home.

The event, which was broadcast live on national radio and television, provided a platform for Rwandans to participate in the discussion by asking questions and sharing ideas.

By Eric Kabeera, The New Times



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