Once again, Rwanda has sent a message to the world that it can find solutions to some of its own challenges through home grown initiatives.
I read with appreciation the news that since its establishment in 2005, the Works for General Interest program (TIG) has carried out activities worth more than Rwf30bn. This was revealed during the merging of TIG and two other institutions to form the Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS).
This is indeed great news, worth celebrating because once again, Rwanda succeeded where most people thought it would fail. The decision by the government to convert less serious sentences into community service has paid off tremendously.
Through the program, we have benefited from good roads, a well managed environment, infrastructure among many others, including houses for the needy.
TIG did not only save the country from prison congestion but also ensured that human resources are put to good use, saving time and space. This program is one of the many ambitious ones Rwanda has implemented amidst criticism, but its success is evidently leaving even the nosiest of the critics silent.
Just like traditional Gacaca courts, TIG leaves behind a massive legacy.