The new Minister of Communication and Media was sworn in on Tuesday, September 8, 2018, at the Kigobe Chamber, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Burundi, parliamentarians as well as some members of the diplomatic corps, noted the Burundian press agency.
“Before the Almighty God, the President of the Republic and the Parliament, I, Fréderic Nahimana, Minister of Communication and Media, I swear fidelity to the charter of national unity, the constitution, and the law”.These are the words spoken by the new Minister of Communications in his swearing.
Fréderic Nahimana pledged to defend the best interests of the nation, to promote the unity and cohesion of the Burundian people, peace, and social justice in the performance of the functions entrusted to him.
He continued his commitment by saying that he is ready to fight any ideology and practice of genocide and exclusion, to promote and defend the rights and freedoms of the person and the citizen, the Burundian press agency reports.
The outgoing minister of media and communication, Ndayiragije Serges, immediately gave advice to his successor by saying that it is dialogue and consultation that ennobles a leader. The difficulties should not scare him if he is ready to collaborate, Ndayiragije added.
Among the important points, Mr. Ndayiragije invited his successor to exploit the annual business plan and to seek to honor the commitments made during the government retreats. These include the development of the ministry, the infomercials for government members and the professional strengthening of the media.
For Mr. Ndayiragije, a member of the government must himself answer the questions of the people. In this sense, a project of setting up community radios is underway, the aim being to create five community radios in five regions of the country. The new minister was recommended to continue applying for support from the People’s Republic of China.
In addition, the project of setting up the School of Journalism is underway, said Minister Ndayiragije, noting that the Minister in charge of Higher Education is already aware. He took the opportunity to invite the new minister to invest in setting up a media support fund. Speaking of challenges, the outgoing minister pointed to the shortage of staff and equipment in some of the branches of the department involved.
Regarding the staff, the new minister must make every effort to ensure that his cabinet has a permanent secretary and an assistant to the minister, the two administrative staff have been missing since the last change in the organization chart of certain ministries. The incoming minister, for his part, promised to collaborate with the heads of the various directorates-general and the executives of the cabinet.
The other important event which took part on the sideline of the new minister swearing-in was the swearing-in of new members of the Burundi national electoral commission( CENI), namely Pierre Claver Kazihise, Annonciate Niyonkuru, Philippe Nzobonariba, Serges Ndayiragije, Anastase Hicuburundi, Hyacinthe Niyonzima, and Marguerite Kamana. The latter have, in their swearing-in before the President of the Republic and the Parliament, sworn fidelity to the charter of national unity, the constitution, and the law.
They pledged to hold the elections with complete independence, probity, impartiality and a strong sense of patriotism
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