Residents of Gahanga Sector, Kicukiro District have commended the government for extending clean water to the sector, saying that this has played a major role in improving their social welfare.
They said this yesterday during a meeting with district authorities that took place in Rwabutenge cell.
“We thank our government, and in particular President Paul Kagame, for having given us clean water because this has had a remarkable impact on us. We used to suffer from water-borne diseases,” said Rose Nibakure, one of the residents.
She added that before getting tap water, residents used to travel long distances to buy clean water at Rwf100 per 20-litre jerry can, which has since reduced to Rwf20 while being nearer to their homes.
Nibakure said that because of expensive water, some residents had resorted to fetching water from a nearby swamp which exposed them to diseases.
Addressing the residents, the Executive Secretary of Kicukiro District, Adalbert Rukebanuka, encouraged Gahanga residents to always fight poverty by working hard.
He urged them to further tighten security in the sector through night patrols, and to always share information concerning security with community policing committees.
The residents were also called upon to participate in the forthcoming presidential elections and to avoid those who intend to bring chaos in the district.
They also requested the government to extend electricity to the sector saying that though much has been achieved in the area, their activities were being derailed by lack of power.
Speaking to The New Times shortly after the function, Rukebanuka said that the meeting was aimed at discussing what has been achieved in decentralization and also to identify problems, mainly land wrangles that are faced by the residents.