Human Right

Large number of vulnerable people, major challenge to Ministry of Social Affairs

Late disbursement of funds, a large number of vulnerable people and the lack of land to shelter the victims of natural disasters are the major challenges that the Ministry of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender is facing. Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender said it yesterday during the presentation of the activities conducted in the 3rd quarter of 2018-2019.

Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of Human Rights, Solidarity and Gender “There exists a high number of vulnerable people who need assistance while the ministry doesn’t have enough means to help all of them,”

“There exists a high number of vulnerable people who need assistance while the ministry doesn’t have enough means to help all of them,” he said. He mentioned the case of the local administration that didn’t accept that the victims of the floods that struck Gatumba Zone in west of Bujumbura in May 2018 occupied the land that the Ministry had chosen to shelter them. “The administration has seen fit to relocate them to another land rather than the one identified, something which has delayed the completion of the ministry’s activities,” said Minister Nivyabandi.

He, has, however admitted that his ministry achieved 98% of the activities as formulated in the government action plan while it accomplished more than 90% of the activities of the internal action plan of his ministry. Nivyabandi hopes to solve all the challenges that the department faces in the 4th quarter. “We believe that by the end of the current budget year, we will have achieved all our objectives as described in the government action plan,” he said.