The Ombudsman who was addressing residents in Muhanga Stadium, in an event against corruption and injustice, asked the public and local authorities to cooperate in resolving conflicts and reconciling people instead of resorting to courts of law.
“The family should be the foundation of conflict resolution so as to minimize cases that reach local authorities and courts.”
He cited conflicts that fail to be resolved within families and are taken to courts involving the sharing of property by married couples seeking divorce, noting that such domestic misunderstandings can be resolved amicably at home.
Murekezi added that there are court cases where involved parties fail to accept the verdicts, appealing to higher courts, spending more time and resources.
Basing on annual statistics, the ombudsman said that cases of injustice received by his office never go beyond 10% and that the public needs to be literate on case follow up, appeals, and paying fines in time.
“Among the cases we receive, cases of injustice fall between 5% and 10%, which means that our judges preside over court proceedings quite well. In general, 96% of the cases are found to be well delivered, which, however, doesn’t mean the other 6% of injustice should not be fixed.”
During the event, the public was given time to ask questions, some of which hinged on cases that are already known by the authorities.
The Mayor of Muhanga, Jacqueline Kayitare, said that the most complaints that registered in the district are those related to the inappropriate compensation they are given when their properties are taken over for the establishment of public infrastructures and those related to the management of the domestic property.
Members of the public were also asked to give information about corruption to the local authorities.
The authorities were reminded that they should use the governance structures at each level of authority and utilize systems and mechanisms that are meant to fight corruption and injustice.