MAKAMBA July 8th (ABP) – The Ministry of Communication and Media gathered at the headquarters of Makamba province (southern Burundi) on Friday July 5, 2019, stakeholders from Bururi, Makamba, Rumonge and Rutana provinces for the establishment of monitoring and information analysis units in the provinces, a check by ABP revealed.

According to the Minister of Communication and Media, Mr. Frédéric Nahimana, those monitoring units will allow the provinces to identify the warning signs of crises in the province, the crises that threaten the operation, and even the stability of the provincial and local authorities. Through that monitoring unit, those authorities will have to make decisions after making good judgments to manage this crisis before being announced at higher levels. That monitoring unit is a tool for mobilizing internal and external resources to manage the various crises that can hit the province.

Mr. Nahimana said that the various media monitoring reports showed that most of the pieces of information disseminated came from the capital Bujumbura and provincial headquarters and related to politics and security while the people have concerns in relation to entrepreneurship learning, agricultural transformation, modern livestock and other concerns highlighting the social and economic traits.

He indicated that after the establishment of an ordinance for the establishment of monitoring and information analysis units, the members will come from all sectors of the life of the province namely the governor, a representative of justice, health, environment, agriculture and livestock, education, security, public and private media, religious denominations, civil society, and the administrator of the provincial headquarters. They will help make decisions for the maintenance of order and tranquility among the people.

He insisted on the establishment of a website for each province, a site that recounts all the activities undertaken in the provinces.

The Executive Secretary of the National Media Council, Mr. Jacques Bukuru, said in his presentation that monitoring unit will help the provincial authorities to know what is happening in all sectors of life in the province because the decentralized services of the province will give and strengthen the information chain so that provincial authorities are up to date on the life of the province for the maintenance of peace and security.

In turn, those provincial authorities will have to give the media information whenever necessary to avoid that rumors take place. The participants asked the ministry to organize capacity-building sessions for members of the information monitoring and analysis unit to achieve the expected results.

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