Rwanda | Ruhango: “We understand our rights”- residents
Ruhango district residents revealed that they will no longer fear to report their local leaders, in case they are denied their rights.
Innocent Ntwari and Theophile Bizimana swore never to be denied rights by local leadership
Residents revealed at the end of April 2012, after the discussion by the Ministry of justice, Ombudsmen, prosecutors and prisons service commission in “jijukirwa ibyawe mu nyarwanda” (know your rights) program.
“I thought the cell executive secretary is responsible for solving all our problems, but I didn’t know that if he denies me my rights I can report him to other higher authorities they told us,” narrates Ntwari Innocent, a resident of Ruhango.
Residents during the discussion
Theophile Bizimana, a resident of Mbuye sector confirmed to have been asked for money in exchange of services, or denied other rights by some local leaders.
Although he admits fearing to report them to higher authorities, he says it will never be so again because he now understands his rights.
Bernadette Kanzayire, vice ombudsman told the residents that there is MAJ house (law house) in every district where every resident has a right to seek help from in case of a problem.