The Minister of Local Government, James Musoni, on Tuesday, visited Kayonza and Rwamagana districts, where he counselled orphans and urged residents to participate in the development of their communities.
During his tour, the Minister visited students attending civic education (Ingando) in Nyankora, Rwinkwavu sector. The students, most of whom were orphaned by the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi (AERG), were advised to live meaningful lives, guided by sound moral values.
Musoni told the students not to be held hostage by the dark past in their endeavour to build a better future.
“You should work hard at school, so that you shape your future. You were victims of despotic regimes, but use your background to forge a strong future,” he said.
The Minister went on to visit Nyagatovu and Kitazigurwa model villages and tasked local leaders to ensure that the residents own the project.
He emphasised that the settlement project must be given the importance it deserves, so that it serves as a model in the country.
Musoni later met more than 100 residents of Ntebe village, where he pledged iron sheets for homes being built in Kitazigurwa and Nyagatovu villages. Previously, more than 100 houses were built in the two villages.
The Mayor of Rwamagana, promised to accelerate the completion of the housing project.
“Everything is set; the houses will be complete in a few weeks,” said Nehemie Uwimana, the Mayor of Rwamagana.
Sarafina Niyigena, 22, a resident of Kitazigurwa village thanked the government for the housing project.
She however, requested for installation of basic infrastructure in the new villages.
“I notice a great difference and I am actually humbled by what the government did to me. It would however, be good if we were provided with clean and safe water,” she said.