Just days after he took over, Pius Bigirimana, the new permanent secretary in the Judiciary, says his first task is to fight corruption that has riddled the sector for a long time. The accounting officer promises to clean up and stabilize the sector meant to dispense justice.
Fresh from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Pius Bigirimana who also served as permanent secretary at the office of the prime minister says he is now ready to stabilize the second arm of government.
He says he will expedite the already started procurement process of the electronic case management system. Bigirimana says the system will help reduce human interaction between the public and judicial officers which is one strategy in fighting corruption but adds that attention will be paid to facilitating court sessions to ensure cases are heard fully to their logical conclusion.
His comments come at a time when the chief justice has expressed worry over the rate at which cases are disposed which now stands at only 52%, a situation which has been worsened by funding gaps.
Bigirimana says he will make a case for the dangers arising from poorly funding the judiciary although cognizant of the tight national purse and priorities of government expenditure.
He as well acknowledges that whereas it’s a new work environment that he is entering , he is ready to use team work to succeed.
As he gives a recap of his immediate past assignment, Bigirimana is not hesitant to say he will dearly miss it citing the various achievements that had been gotten through teamwork and hopes that his legacy can be carried on.