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Analysis and adoption of the bill on the status of the Burundi Parliament staff

publie le Tuesday 12 April 2022
parCommunication and Spokesperson’s Office

Acquired rights and advantages are two very different concepts. This is a clarification of the Minister of Justice in the context of the analysis of the bill on the status of the staff of the Parliament of Burundi which was finally adopted unanimously on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Only the acquired rights are intangible while the advantages are removable, explained Mrs. Domine Banyankimbona as if to enlighten those who are worried about the lowering of the rating in view of a joint instruction.
Initiated by the Parliament, the bill has shone by its delay, said the Minister who came back on the various vicissitudes.

Indeed, the procedure to adopt this bill on the status of the staff of the Parliament was initiated during the transition period. For the first time, it was transmitted to the Government on September 03, 2004 by the Parliament of Transition of then for possible amendments. It was re transmitted by the Parliament to the Government on January 9, 2008 for the same purpose but without success.
Thanks to the review of the literature, this preliminary proposal was inspired by, among others, the Constitution of the Republic of Burundi of June 7, 2018, the rules of procedure, the general statute of the State civil servants, the labor code and the statutes of the magistrates, in particular with regard to the advancement of grade, with, however, some rearrangements taking into account the specificity of parliamentary work.

Indeed, this bill institutes a system of career advancement in category and grade by performance and by seniority.
All in all, this bill will make it possible to clarify the legal framework of the parliamentary staff, to protect this staff against political hazards, to secure the jobs of the parliamentary administration, to manage well the career of the staff, and to reinforce the principle of the continuity of the parliamentary service despite the succession of legislatures.

The special regulations are likely to be numerous when we know that together with the civil service, they work for the same government. This was the concern of one intervention, which listed the special regulations of the police, soldiers, magistrates and parliamentary staff.

The Minister of Justice, however, placed the problem elsewhere, namely the disparity in salaries. It was in the interest of the principle of salary adjustment that the government took the step of suspending the annals in 2016. Civil servants with scanty salaries were raised to 20 billion Burundian francs per year.
The practice of on-the-job training is to be encouraged. But the payroll is so high that it exceeds the capacity of the Government. This has led the government to take into account the diploma that corresponds to the requested profile. Otherwise, a civil servant will be remunerated according to the diploma presented at the time of his recruitment. In addition, civil servants performing the same job will enjoy a similar salary taking into account their professional performance rather than the high of qualifications (diplomas).

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