RUBAVU - Rubavu District envisages an increase in revenue collection from last year’s Rwf 776 million to Rwf 916 million this year.
This was announced last week at the district’s Open Day, during which the leaders outlined this year’s action plan as well as performance contracts.
Rubavu returned an average performance in last year’s performance contracts whose results were announced last month.
“We shall increase revenue by widening the tax base but we shall also work on urbanising the district and rural electrification,” said Sheikh Hassan Barame, the Rubavu District Mayor.
Although the economy was affected, the district managed to surpass its agricultural target bycultivating 19,244 hectares of land, exceeding the initial target of 10,000 hectares.
“Over the past few years, Rubavu has been transformed tremendously and the success we see today speaks for itself. We attribute it to the hard work by the leadership and residents,” said James Kabarebe, the Minister of Defence, who was the chief guest.
Kabarebe also commended the district for a comprehensive performance contract that tackled the hard issues and encouraged them to raise the bar even higher.
“Rubavu has the potential to be the best in the country and the transformation in the last two years has shown that, so you should work harder,” explained Kabarebe.
The district also targets to save Rwf445 million this year by involving more people in community work. Last year, the district saved Rwf249 million through community work.
Insufficient coordination and communication between leaders and technicians and lack of follow up on the signed performance contracts were among the challenges cited.