President Paul Kagame, yesterday at Village Urugwiro, received the outgoing Chief Justice, Aloysea Cyanzayire, whose eight-year term ends this month, and expressed his appreciation for her service to the judiciary and the country in the last eight years.
Justice Cyanzayire thanked the President and the government for their unwavering support and contribution towards the building of a strong judiciary.
She pointed out that government’s commitment is what helped the judiciary emerge from the situation in 1994, and transformed it into a high performing institution within the region, especially in the use of ICT to deliver justice.
The outgoing Chief Justice noted that the judiciary has made major advancements including, building capacity among the judicial staff, many of whom have acquired skills and experience that has resulted in improvement in service delivery.
Among other, things, she observed that judicial infrastructure had undergone an overhaul with the rehabilitation as well as construction of court premises all over the country, which had significantly strengthened the sector.
Cyanzayire noted that the remaining challenges include the high number of outstanding cases and lack of highly experienced staff, and said that measures were in place to correct the situation.
President Kagame pledged his and the government’s continued support to build a strong judiciary that will serve Rwandans better.
Cabinet this week nominated Deputy Chief Justice, Prof. Sam Rugege as Rwanda’s new Chief Justice. He will be deputised by Zainabo Sylvie Kayitesi, the Chairperson of Rwanda National Human Rights Commission.