A group of 1,800 Rwandans have taken the Government of Rwanda (GoR) to court demanding the pension benefits accumulated when they were working in Burundi before 1994. The Kimihurura high court started hearing the case on Tuesday where pensioners represented by Lawyer Valance Nyampatse Kamali and Alexis Twagirumugabe.
The case of delivering pension benefits to former Rwandan employees in Burundi has been under negotiation between the two governments since 1997. In 2013, Burundian government released Rwf139 million in pension benefits for compensating all people who served in the government from 1969 to 1994.
The cabinet meeting of 9th December 2015 decided that the Rwandan pensioners who worked in Burundi should be given their pension. The government of Rwanda accepted to provide benefits for two years.
However, all pensioners were not satisfied with the government decision saying that it is contradicting their agreements which says that they should be receiving monthly pension benefits.
The pensioners declined to receive the money until the government accepts to gie them monthly benefits as well. Mariam Gahongayire, a Lawyer representing the government requested court to summon Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB), as the institution that advises the government on pension issues.
Both Pensioners’ lawyer and the judge welcomed the request to invite RSSB in the court and decided to resume the trial on 5th October 2017 with the presence of RSSB.