Demobilised soldiers get new houses

RUHANGO - Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC),Tuesday inaugurated 11 newly constructed homes for disabled ex-combatants in Ruhango district. State Minister of Local Government, Alvera Mukabaramba and RDRC chairman, Jean Sayinzoga, commissioned the houses in Muyanja, Ruhango sector.
State Minister of Local Government, Alvera Mukabaramba and RDRC chairman, Jean Sayinzoga (Center), in Muyanja site, Ruhango. The New Times / D. Sabiiti
State Minister of Local Government, Alvera Mukabaramba and RDRC chairman, Jean Sayinzoga (Center), in Muyanja site, Ruhango. The New Times / D. Sabiiti

RUHANGO - Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (RDRC),Tuesday inaugurated 11 newly constructed homes for disabled ex-combatants in Ruhango district.

State Minister of Local Government, Alvera Mukabaramba and RDRC chairman, Jean Sayinzoga, commissioned the houses in Muyanja, Ruhango sector.

The programme was initiated in 2008 and so far, 316 houses have been constructed countrywide for grade II demobilized soldiers.

Over 150 houses were meant to be built at an estimated cost of over Rwf 1.6 billion from the government coffers while 125 more houses will be constructed next year.

Commending the commission for proper use of funding, Mukabaramba said that the housing project was part of the government’s plan to improve lives of its citizens.

“These are quality houses and a sign that government funds were put to good use, unlike in some shelter projects which have been a disgrace due to lack of follow up and commitment,” she said.

“The houses are meant to give a decent living to ex-combatants so that they can feel the fruits of their struggle- despite the fact that they were handicapped in the process”.

Sayinzoga, urged the beneficiaries to join vocational training schools for skills and capacity building programmes.

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Jean Bosco Munyarukundo, hailed the government for its support through RDRC.

“The houses are a great support and will contribute to our social welfare and enable us to be integrated and be part of community development,” he said.

daniel.sabiiti@newtimes.co.rw

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