[PHOTOS] Umuganda essential for economic development - Kagame

President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame, yesterday, participated in the monthly community service (Umuganda) in Bwiza in Kayonza District, Eastern Province where they dug water trenches alongside hundreds of residents.
President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame join residents of Kayonza District for Umuganda yesterday. The Head of State urged residents of Kayonza to capitalize on the strate....
President Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame join residents of Kayonza District for Umuganda yesterday. The Head of State urged residents of Kayonza to capitalize on the strate....

President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame, yesterday, participated in the monthly community service (Umuganda) in Bwiza in Kayonza District, Eastern Province where they dug water trenches alongside hundreds of residents.

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The umuganda exercise took place on Kagame's last day of his tour of the Eastern Province. Here, a resident of Kayonza District poses a question to the President during an interactive session that followed yesterday's umuganda exercise. (Village Urugwiro)

Speaking to thousands of residents gathered for an interactive discussion that is an integral part of Umuganda, President Kagame pointed to the role of Umuganda in transforming lives:

 

“Umuganda is about all of us joinig hands and working together to develop ourselves. If we do not work together we will not move forward.”

 
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Some of the Kayonza residents during the monthly community work, best known as umuganda, yesterday. (Village Urugwiro)

Emphasizing the strategic location of Kayonza as bordering both Uganda and Tanzania, Kagame called on residents to tap this opportunity to develop trade in the area.

 

The Government has set aside at least Rwf200 billion for the reconstruction of the road linking Kayonza to both Kagitumba border with Uganda and the Rusumo border with Tanzania.

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An elderly woman poses a question to Kagame during the event. (Village Urugwiro)

The Mayor of Kayonza District, Jean-Claude Murenzi, said that the construction of roads in Bwiza area, which is in Mukarange Sector, is in line with the implementation of the new city master plan for Kayonza.

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A cross-section of participants during the umuganda exercise in Kayonza yesterday. (Village Urugwiro)

“Implementing the city’s master plan requires everyone’s cooperation and it’s an opportunity for investors because there are opportunities in developing Kayonza town,” he said.

Kagame took the opportunity to address challenges facing residents including education and urged residents to prioritize their children education by building on the support provided by government through free schools.

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After the exercise, President Kagame addressed and fielded questions from the area residents. (Village Urugwiro)

“It is our responsibility to ensure that every Rwandan child is in school and not on the streets.”

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After the umuganda exercise, the President held a discussion with the area residents, who were excited to welcome him. (Village Urugwiro)

The President also fielded questions from residents, many of which concerned land related conflicts and tasked local authorities to ensure all issues are addressed in the shortest delay.

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