Kagame requests review of some law on Code of Criminal Procedure
President Paul Kagame has requested parliament to review seven articles in the draft law on Code of Criminal Procedure.
The New Times reports that the law is expected to be tabled by the Parliamentary Committee on Political Affairs and Gender.
The draft law was initially passed by the Parliament before it was handed over to the President for his signature.
However, President Kagame urged for a revision of some of the articles, requesting Members of Parliament to consider scrapping some and rephrasing others.
The articles include article 240 relating to suspended sentences, article 204 regarding the language used in court, article 34 regarding witnesses’ failure to respond to court summons, among others.
President Kagame appealed to the MPs to look into how the suggestion that the party would have to find their own interpreter can be scrapped and instead replaced with the party’s freedom to plead their case in any language of their choice and the responsibility of finding a translator be the court’s.
MP Frank Habineza explained that the adjustments requested by the President are not unusual since they are provided for by the law.
“Well, its normal for the President to ask for a second reading of the law before he finally signs it off ahead of promulgation in the official gazette. This could be because he may wish to correct or put in order some articles as approved by the Parliament,” he said.