Officials from the Burundian government who have been on an official visit in the country, have appreciated the government of Uganda for putting in place a number of measures aimed at addressing issues related to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)
The delegation that has been here for five days was led by the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender, Felix Ngendabanyikwa.
Ngendabanyikwa said during their stay in Uganda, they learnt a lot one the strides taken by Uganda and promised that they will be putting into practice what they saw when they return home.
He cited the video conferencing innovations in Ugandan courts and the Children’s facility at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution(DPP) which creates space to victims with children to freely express themselves without fear of the young ones
The officials on the other hand called upon Ugandan officials to also visit Burundi and see their one stop centers which have helped them to have a case backlog free judiciary
“In Burundi we have specialized judges, courts, prosecutors and investigators all in one place and ready to ensure expeditious trial in all SGBV matters” Ngendabanyikwa said.
Nathan Byamukama the Regional director for International Conference for Great Lakes Region, the hosts of this delegation said this is one of the ways through which countries in the region exchange ideas and skills on various issues.
” In Uganda we have serious laws but the main challenge is still with the implementation as well as some cultural practices full of sexual and gender based violations”
Byamukama added that the scattered service centers for the Justice Law And Order Sector have led to delay of cases in court
The group which included top Burundi Ministry officials and Police leadership, were addressed by Mr Benon Higenyi the Undersecretary Ministry of Gender, Mr Asiimwe Stephen former CEO Uganda Tourism Board, Assistant DPP Samali Wakooli and Senior Police officials
They also visited the Police Command and Staff College Bwebajja and Uganda Martyrs shrine in Namugongo.