New Rector of ILPD, Dr. Karimunda outlines his vision for the Institute

The Cabinet meeting convened on October 20, 2023, appointed Dr. Aimé Muyoboke Karimunda as the new Rector of the Institute of Legal Practice and Development (ILPD), succeeding Dr. Yves Sezirahiga, who had been serving as the acting Rector for a period of time.

In an exclusive interview with IGIHE, Dr. Karimunda outlined his objectives, which include furthering the development of the legal field in the region and across Africa. He also emphasized the importance of expanding the institution's infrastructure.

Dr. Karimunda highlighted the centrality of law in all aspects of a country's life. He stressed the need for ILPD to operate efficiently as an institution that contributes to the training of professionals across various sectors. He stated, "The law applies to both government and private institutions and persons Although there are specific law enforcement agencies such as the judiciary, the National Public Prosecution Authority, the Rwanda Bar Association, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau and the Rwanda Correctional Service that are instrumental in applying the law on daily basis, everyone is also required to abide by the law."

The 2023 annual report on the rule of law, conducted by the World Justice Project Index, ranks Rwanda as the top country in Africa and 41st globally in observing the rule of law. Dr. Karimunda partly attributed this success to ILPD, as the institution plays a pivotal role in producing professionals who enforce the law in different law enforcement agencies.

Dr. Karimunda expressed his commitment to continuing the program aimed at enhancing the capabilities of legal practitioners, not only in Rwanda but throughout Africa. He emphasized the importance of continuous improvement and progress in achieving this goal.

Among others, Dr. Karimunda emphasized ILPD's vision of making a lasting contribution to legal education in Africa. He mentioned the positive impact of the institution on foreign students who benefit from the program and then return to their home countries to make valuable contributions.

Dr. Karimunda also discussed plans for expanding ILPD's infrastructure, including the construction of a conference hall and additional dormitories to accommodate both Rwandan and foreign students. He stressed the need for spacious facilities to cater to the growing demand for legal education and professional development.

Regarding accommodation, he mentioned the intention to increase capacity to ensure that all students have access to suitable living arrangements, reducing the need for students to reside in surrounding communities or inadequate housing.

Dr. Karimunda also highlighted the need to develop recreational infrastructure, such as playgrounds, recognizing that ILPD's target audience is primarily young people who would benefit from such amenities.

Dr. Aimé Muyoboke Karimunda, a Supreme Court Justice, is now the fifth ILPD Rector.