Somalia and Rwanda join hands to strengthen judicial cooperation

Somalian delegation pose with Chief Justice of Rwanda Dr. Faustin Ntezilyayo during the meeting in Kigali [Image: courtesy]
Somalia—Rwanda and Somalia have announced a joint collaboration among institutions that administer justice so as to uphold the rule of law in both countries.

On Tuesday, November 9th, the Somali Chief Justice, Bashe Yussuf Ahmed with his delegation arrived in Rwanda for a three-day visit that will mainly focus on the use of the Integrated Electronic Case Management System (IECMS).

IECMS, the digitalized court system that aims at improving the efficiency of the judiciary, especially by coordinating activities of all institutions involved in the administration of justice in the country, was first in 2016.

The following year in 2017 it was extended to all courts in the country.

Faustin Ntezilyayo, the Chief of Justice of Rwanda said the visit is a testimony for the mutual interest to strengthen cooperation of institutions between both countries

“It is a good opportunity to exchange views on judicial reforms, best practices, and how to overcome challenges faced by our institutions in delivering timely and quality justice to our respective systems,” he said

Adding that the courts are service providers whose customers, the public, should be satisfied with the services they get.

“Satisfying the public requires consistent judicial reforms which must be undertaken in ways that are responsive to the expectation and needs of the public, only in this way will public trust and confidence be maintained and enhanced,’ he said.

Ntezilayayo promised his Somali counterpart to help him roll out IECMS in the horn of Africa country.

“Our team will be available to share with you our experience of IECMS within different justice institutions and I hope you will find these experiences pertinent.” He spoke.

The Somali Chief Justice said they chose to learn from Rwanda because it has a very efficient and effective integrated management system.