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Matongo : Celebration of the communal festival, August 2023

publie le Saturday 5 August 2023
parCommunication and Spokesperson’s Office

The Right Honorable Gelase Daniel Ndabirable, Speaker of the National Assembly, in his position as an active participant in the promotion of community development, took part in the collection of rubble stones for the construction of a meeting hall in Matongo, his home commune, Saturday, August 5, 2023. This initiative is a testimony to his commitment to improving the living conditions of the local population, as well as his constant concern to promote the country’s socio-economic development. His active participation in that community activity is an inspiring example for all citizens who wish to contribute to the development of their community.

The Right Honorable Gelase Daniel Ndabirable, reminded the population that the territorial division of the country was recently modified, reducing the number of provinces from 18 to 5. This decision was taken with a view to optimizing the efficiency of the public administration and facilitating the implementation of coherent public policies tailored to local needs. The Right Honorable Ndabirable therefore invited the population to take note of the new territorial organisation and to become actively involved in the carrying out of the public policies that will result from it, for the well-being of all citizens.

Some provinces will have new historical names, while others will keep their previous names. This decision was taken considering the importance of preserving the cultural and historical identity of each region. The historic names were chosen on the basis of their meaning and relevance to the respective region. Older names were also taken into account for their importance in the history of the region. This approach was adopted to ensure appropriate recognition and appreciation of the cultural and historical background of each province.

The Right Honorable Gelase Daniel Ndabirabe emphasized the crucial role played by the communes in local administration, hence the need for decentralization. They are the first bodies of proximity for citizens and are responsible for the management of a number of public services such as education, roads, town planning, culture, etc. The communes have been merged in order to broaden the scope of their responsibilities. The communes have been merged with the aim of broadening the scope of development projects. This initiative aims at strengthening inter-municipal cooperation and optimize the resources available to meet the needs of citizens. Merging communes also helps to streamline administrative processes and simplify the management of public services. This approach is part of a sustainable territorial development perspective, promoting better coordination of public policies and encouraging citizen participation. It is therefore an appropriate response to the current challenges of territorial planning and local governance.

The Speaker of the National Assembly announced that the 2025 elections for Members of Parliament will be held according to the old communal organization, despite the new boundaries. This decision was taken after careful analysis of the legal and logistical implications of implementing the new boundaries. The Speaker of the National Assembly stressed the importance of ensuring transparency and fairness in the electoral process, as well as the need to respect the legal provisions in the process of establishment in the best interests of the nation and its citizens.
According to him, preparations for the elections have already begun. He called on the administrative staff to work closely with the relevant authorities and stakeholders to develop an effective and efficient strategy for the upcoming elections.

According to the Right Honorable Gelase Daniel Ndabirable, Speaker of the National Assembly, the celebration of the communal festival represents an opportunity to carry out a self-assessment and set out future prospects for the commune. It’s an opportunity to reflect on past achievements, current challenges and future goals. It is therefore essential to take advantage of this celebration to mobilize citizens and local actors around a common project, in order to strengthen social cohesion and promote the sustainable development of the commune.

The Right Honorable Gelase Daniel Ndabirable, who is concerned with the demographic management of families in his commune, cordially invited the population to take into account the birth limitation. This measure will ensure an optimum quality of life for families, while preserving natural resources and promoting the region’s economic and social development. The Right Honorable Gelase Daniel Ndabirable encourages the residents of his commune to show responsibility and solidarity towards their community, by adopting a reasoned and balanced approach to family planning.

The Right Honorable Gelase Daniel Ndabirable invited local residents to get involved in community development activities. He is encouraging natives to actively take part in promoting their community by contributing to the realization of large-scale projects. This initiative aims at strengthening social cohesion and promote the economic development of the Matongo commune. The Right Honorable Gelase Daniel Ndabirable is convinced that the participation of everyone is essential to achieving the commune’s sustainable development objectives. He therefore urged citizens to get fully involved.

As one of the people appreciated locally, the Right Honorable Gelase Daniel Ndabirable was honoured with a certificate of recognition for his active contribution to the development of his village and his home commune in general. The award testifies to his commitment and dedication to his community, as well as his ability to mobilize the resources needed to bring local development projects to success. It also underlines the importance of citizen involvement in promoting sustainable development and economic prosperity in local communities, a well-deserved distinction.

After the fruitful exchanges with the people of Matongo, the population proceeded to share natural and cultural foods in a convivial atmosphere, a real success contributing to the strengthening of social cohesion in the commune.

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