Local leaders and members of Mediation Committees in Kicukiro and Nyarugenge districts have been called upon to always provide better services in as far as justice is concerned.
The call was made yesterday by the Minister of Justice, Tharcisse Karugarama, at Kicukiro College of Technology while addressing various local leaders and mediators in the two districts.
He urged them to always do all they could in order to resolves conflicts regarding land, divorce, inheritance and other issues that affects daily lives of the local population.
Karugarama revealed that in October this year, the government launched a program known as Access to Universal Quality Justice that will see three professional lawyers distributed in every district who will provide free legal advice and service to the vulnerable citizens in each district.
“The government has taken a decision that access to justice should be universal and available to every citizen of this country and therefore justice should not be provided to only those who have money” Karugarama said.
Speaking to The New Times shortly meeting, Karugarama said “There should never be a situation where a Rwandan suffers from injustice simply because he or she has no money to pay for lawyers. That is why we launched this program and Access to Justice Bureaus in the whole country”.
He said that members of the bureaus will also be providing basic training to members of the mediation committees who in turn also teach the local population regarding their responsibilities and rights concerning justice.
The minister said that the initiative will help reduce cases received by courts of law by at least 50 percent..