Street parking wardens not paid for six months

Workers of the Kigali Veteran Cooperative society (KVCS), who are in charge of street parking, have spent six months with no pay. The disgruntled workers, who have continued to collect the parking fees from motorists, told The New Times that they are on the verge of giving up and if a job opportunity came up, they would immediately quit.
A Parking ticket vendor with KVCS. They claim to have taken six months without pay (File Photo)
A Parking ticket vendor with KVCS. They claim to have taken six months without pay (File Photo)

Workers of the Kigali Veteran Cooperative society (KVCS), who are in charge of street parking, have spent six months with no pay.

The disgruntled workers, who have continued to collect the parking fees from motorists, told The New Times that they are on the verge of giving up and if a job opportunity came up, they would immediately quit.

“I am a mother of six, I started working with KVCS in October last year but apart from the first salary I received for that month, I have never been paid again,” said a worker who preferred anonymity. 

According to another source, workers can no longer start work on time because they can’t afford transport.

“I stay in Nyamirambo, but I have to wake-up very early to walk to town every day,” he said “On the streets, we make friends who at times give us some money and this is how we have been surviving for this long.”

He added that his landlord is almost throwing him out of the house since his rental arrears have also accumulated six months.

According to the source, the parking enforcers earn Rwf28,500 a month.

John Ngamba, the acting Director General of KVCS, said he was aware of the problem, but was still getting familiar with his job.

“I have been in this office for only two weeks, but I have heard of the problem…on my second day in office, I held a meeting with them and we agreed to iron out the problem soon,” he said.

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