Bravo FARG leaders but…

Editor,  I was impressed by the leaders of the Fund for the Support of Genocide survivors (FARG), for carrying out what appears to be a comprehensive vetting process to get rid of students who are not eligible for support from the survivor’s fund. It’s very disturbing to hear from FARG that over 19,000 had found their way onto the list of beneficiaries through manipulation or favoritism.
Students filling form to apeal   to SFAR at the Head Offices (Photo T.Kisambira)
Students filling form to apeal to SFAR at the Head Offices (Photo T.Kisambira)

Editor,
  
I was impressed by the leaders of the Fund for the Support of Genocide survivors (FARG), for carrying out what appears to be a comprehensive vetting process to get rid of students who are not eligible for support from the survivor’s fund.

It’s very disturbing to hear from FARG that over 19,000 had found their way onto the list of beneficiaries through manipulation or favoritism. It’s indeed sad that some beneficiaries are from well to-do families, who could afford to send their kids to school.

The money spent on false beneficiaries could have been used to build several health centers or primary classrooms for the Nine Years Basic Education programme.
Well, we welcome this new initiative of putting a database in place which will now verify the genuine list of students who qualify for support from the fund, but we need to know what will happen to people who messed up this process.

We are aware that some people who engineered this mess are actually leaders who are supposed to fight corruption. There is no way we can fight corruption without punishing people found guilty.

I hope the new management at FARG will do a better job. We surely expect that when the exercise is finally concluded, FARG will be able to support genuine students and save the government from losing more funds.

Eric Mugabo
Kigali

 

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