MUSANZE - Prime Minister Bernard Makuza ,has challenged district leaders to systematically guide the local population on poverty alleviation programs.
Makuza, made the call yesterday, while meeting leaders of all districts in the Northern Province to evaluate the implementation of performance contracts (Imihigo).
“There is evidence of great improvement in the welfare of residents especially with the implementation of the contracts, but there is need for strategic actions leading to positive impact in the lives of residents,’’ he said.
The Prime Minister, criticised the slow progress in alleviating high poverty levels within the sectors into which Vision 2020-Umurenge (VUP), noting that the high amounts of money meant for these sectors has not been used properly.
Over Rwf300m was budgeted for investment into income generating projects within each of the identified poor sectors.
The assessment of performance contracts based on the impact created with in the development pillars of good governance, economic development, welfare and justice, began yesterday with the districts presenting their accomplishments.
The new initiatives presented by District Mayors ranged from investment promotion, progress in the financial sector, promotion of cooperatives, infrastructure development, energy and ICT.
The Governor of the Province, Aime Bosenibamwe, presented the performance of the province showing that there has been an improvement in crop production and a significant reduction of water borne diseases in households.
Rulindo emerged the best performing district, followed by Gicumbi, while Musanze came third.
Gakenke and Burera came fourth and fifth respectively.
The presentations were also attended by opinion leaders, including the clergy, women and youth representatives, police and army commanders.