RDRC to re-screen ex-combatants with disabilities

HUYE - The Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) plans to re-screen ex-combatants living with disabilities in a bid to harmonise the list of its beneficiaries, Maj. Gen Paul Rwarakabije, the Vice Chairman in charge of the Southern Province has said.

HUYE - The Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) plans to re-screen ex-combatants living with disabilities in a bid to harmonise the list of its beneficiaries, Maj. Gen Paul Rwarakabije, the Vice Chairman in charge of the Southern Province has said.

Rwarakabije made the remarks at a ceremony to distribute living allowances for ex-combatants living with disabilities.

The remarks however, come amidst complaints from some ex-combatants living with disabilities- who claim they were left out despite fully providing  the requirements for assistance from the commission.

“We will conduct a new screening exercise to determine who benefits from the scheme. Everyone who is found to be deserving will inevitably receive support,” Rwarakabije said.

Many disabled ex-combatants watched as their colleagues received cheques from the commission as part of monthly living allowance.

“We expected to get the cheques from the Commission [RDRC] but our names are not on the list,” said Aloys Gatera, a disabled ex-combatant. 

Those to be selected will receive a monthly payment ranging from Rwf20 000 to Rwf35 000.

A committee of four physicians has  been put in place to study each particular case with an intention of  coming  up with a list of those eligible for help.

Frodouard Habiyaremye, the RDRC representative in the province, said that those who had minor cases were not considered at the moment.

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