Three PARCEM representatives in Muramvya released

Emmanuel Nshimirimana, Marius Nizigama and Aimé Constant Gatore, three focal points of PARCEM, a local NGO involved in the change of mindset in Muramvya province, were freed this 21 March. They were acquitted by the Bujumbura Court of Appeal in December 2018.

Three PARCEM representatives in Muramvya province with PARCEM chairman after their release

Faustin Ndikumana, PARCEM chairman regrets the slowness observed in courts. “They spent three months in prison while they were acquitted,” he says adding that it is difficult to understand how one court sentences a person to ten years and the other acquits them.

Mr. Ndikumana also says there is an interference of some people in justice affairs. “There are problems in justice affairs which give way to corruption between justice officials and the litigants,” he says.

For him, the ministry of justice should intervene and identify all the activities which cause the slowness of the courts. There is also a need to work in synergy to achieve this goal, he adds.

The three focal points of PARCEM were detained in Muramvya Central Prison since March 2017. They were accused of a breach of internal security of the State.