Districts call for more TIG funding

District authorities want the Works of General Interest, commonly known as TIG, to be included in the annual budget, the Senate heard this week. A report released this week says that though TIG activities have been valued at billions of Francs, the TIG Secretariat still lacks sufficient funds.
Convicts under TIG programme doing community activities. Districts have called for more funding of TIG Secerariat (File Photo)
Convicts under TIG programme doing community activities. Districts have called for more funding of TIG Secerariat (File Photo)

District authorities want the Works of General Interest, commonly known as TIG, to be included in the annual budget, the Senate heard this week.

A report released this week says that though TIG activities have been valued at billions of Francs, the TIG Secretariat still lacks sufficient funds.

“For example, the TIG Secretariat gives little support to TIG members compared to the activities they are involved in, and as a result, districts find it difficult to fund solidarity camps where they live while they carry out various developmental activities,” it reads

The chairperson of the Senatorial Political Commission; Joseph Karemera, says that there is also still a very serious transportation problem, where TIGISTS have had to walk many kilometres commuting to and from their stations  of work.

Reading an excerpt from the report, Karemera pointed out the issue of statistics of each category of members under the TIG program.

“For instance, in Kayonza District, there was an issue of lack of the eaxct number of members of TIG who had been sentenced by Gacaca, those who had appealed their sentences, those hiding in villages and are avoiding serving their sentences and those who ran away to other districts,” he said

The Senate also appealed to the TIG Secretariat and the Gacaca courts leadership to harmonise the statistics of those who were sentenced and are supposed to take part in the programme.

Five years since inception, TIG activities have been valued at Rfw 25 billion.

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