Senate summons Premier over survivors' houses

Prime Minister, Bernard Makuza is today expected to appear before the Senate to explain how the government intends to ensure proper management and handling of funds meant for the construction of houses for Genocide survivors.The Premier was summoned following a recent report by the Auditor General, Obadiah Biraro, that revealed that the cost of construction of survivors’ houses was not what the value.
Prime Minister Bernard Makuza The New Times /File
Prime Minister Bernard Makuza The New Times /File

Prime Minister, Bernard Makuza is today expected to appear before the Senate to explain how the government intends to ensure proper management and handling of funds meant for the construction of houses for Genocide survivors.

The Premier was summoned following a recent report by the Auditor General, Obadiah Biraro, that revealed that the cost of construction of survivors’ houses was not what the value.

“Last year, the Senate compiled a report which revealed a mass misuse of funds meant for the construction of Genocide survivors’ houses.

It is from the report that we made recommendations and forwarded them to the government,” said the vice president of the Senate, Prosper Higiro.

He added that a year later, the Senate commissioned the Auditor general’s office to carry out an assessment of value for money on survivors’ houses.

“We mainly summoned the Prime Minister to tell us what the government has done since we presented to his office the findings of the first report done by the Senate,” Higiro said.

The AG’s report disclosed that the over Rwf 6 billion spent on housing for survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was not worth it.

The audit, that was carried for the period 2006 – 2007, looked at the funds utilised by the Fund for Genocide Survivors (FARG) for the construction of shelter and projects to help survivors. the quantity of materials supplied.

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