Kicukiro District has handed over 20 new houses worth Rwf12million each, to twenty vulnerable residents in Masaka sector. The beneficiaries include ten families of vulnerable Genocide survivors and 10 other needy residents.
The houses were constructed by the district in conjunction with the Fund for Genocide Survivors (FARG), the Ministry of Local government and the Ministry of Defence.
The construction was done by members of Rwanda Defence Force’s reserve force.
The houses are designed in a “4 in 1” style and consist of two rooms and a living room, a store, kitchen and are installed with a tap and water tank.
There are 32 more Genocide survivors’ families left and the district plans to build houses for them next year.
Speaking during the handover on Wednesday, Mayor Paul Jules Ndamage, said the district would not leave anybody behind in the ongoing development.
He urged the beneficiaries to take good care of their houses.
“We’ve done a big part for you, the rest is for you to maintain your homes,” he said.
Dr Alvera Mukabaramba, the Minister of State for Community Development and Social Affairs explained that the beneficiaries were selected from needy residents.
“Let no one think they have been ignored, the district picks the neediest among others. However, you have to strive for self reliance, the government will not do everything for you,” she noted.
She also urged the residents to overcome their differences and embrace unity.
Major General Jerome Ngendahimana, the deputy commander of the RDF reserve forces said the army is always ready to support whenever called upon.
“This is not the first action and neither is it the last. We are prepared to get involved in any other similar activities,” he said.
The village which is located in Rusheshe cell has more than 300 houses most of them donated to vulnerable people among them evictees fromTanzania.
It has infrastructure including schools, a health post and a market among others.
Eighty-year-old Antoine Kabera, one of the beneficiaries said, “As an old man, such treatment can prolong your lifespan. God bless them.”