KIGALI - A member of the EAC legislative organ, EALA, which is presently sitting in Kigali, has asked Rwanda to export its cleanliness to other regional member states of the bloc.
As EALA debated a report on an oversight assessment on the bloc’s faulty internal audit systems, Janet D. Mmari, from Tanzania, noted that during her previous trip to Kigali, she “gave free advice to the people of Rwanda to export their cleanliness as part of earning revenue.”
“Having come from Dar es Salaam and since the Worship Mayor of the City of Dar es Salaam is here, I hope he is going to arrange a trip for his councillors. And I am one of the people who will accompany them,” she told the House.
Later, in an interview with The New Times, Mmari shed some more light.
“The city [Kigali] is so clean. It could be a tourist centre, so that people can come, stay for some time, learn and take the best practices back home,” Mmari said
“Having people just fly in and see the ambience of Kigali. When money comes in, it means you have already earned.”
The Mayor of Dar Es Salaam, Dr. Didas John Massaburi, who is also an EALA MP, accepted Mmari’s initiative.
He said in an interview that he had actually started implementing Mmari’s plan.
“The city is clean! I met the Kigali Mayor today morning and I told him that I would wish to come here with some of my councillors to try to share experiences and see how they are performing so that we could emulate those good things which can assist us in our city,” he said, adding that even though Dar es Salaam is bigger than Kigali, there can be lessons to be learnt.
“We can’t compare our city structures because 70 percent of Dar es Salaam city is unplanned. The people are living in slum areas. It is very difficult because there are no roads within the streets. Our city is big but there are certain things we can learn from each other.”