Promote communal work, Premier tells KCC

NYANDUGU - Prime Minister Bernard Makuza has castigated Kigali City Council (KCC) leaders for not promoting Umuganda – communal work, which is done every last Saturday of the month. “Other provinces in the country are generously contributing towards Umuganda programme, but the city is still slow on this. You should double your efforts in as far as Umuganda is concerned,” Makuza said.
L-R: Premier Bernard Makuza, Kigali City Mayor Dr Aisa Kirabo and Local Government Minister Protais Musoni during yesterday’s presentation of Performance Contract Reports at La Palisse Hotel, Nyandungu. (Photo/ G. Barya)
L-R: Premier Bernard Makuza, Kigali City Mayor Dr Aisa Kirabo and Local Government Minister Protais Musoni during yesterday’s presentation of Performance Contract Reports at La Palisse Hotel, Nyandungu. (Photo/ G. Barya)

NYANDUGU - Prime Minister Bernard Makuza has castigated Kigali City Council (KCC) leaders for not promoting Umuganda – communal work, which is done every last Saturday of the month. “Other provinces in the country are generously contributing towards Umuganda programme, but the city is still slow on this. You should double your efforts in as far as Umuganda is concerned,” Makuza said.

He was speaking yesterday during a function at La Palisse Hotel, Nyandugu, where KCC officials and leaders of Kigali’s three districts of Kicukiro, Nyarugenge and Gasabo, presented their performance contract reports for the third quarter of this year  Makuza called on Kigali leaders and city dwellers to jealously fight for and preserve sanitation standards and to be characterised with hospitality to foreign visitors.

Kigali mayor Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira said that the city has of late registered tremendous progress in various sectors including housing, women empowerment through basket-weaving initiatives, and rehabilitation of street children.

She said that Gacaca cases had also been successfully conducted and attributed it to the availability of enough transit centers and courts.

She said that KCC plans to build several modern housing units for Genocide survivors.

The mayor decried the increase of rape and defilement cases, attributing it to the carelessness of parents who leave their young children home at the mercy of housemaids.

“Many parents go to work and some go to study, leaving very little time for their children. They leave them in the hands of workers who end up abusing them,” she said.

She added that many construction companies were yet to comply with guidelines governing construction in the city.

The function was attended several officials from the government, military and police.
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