The final report that will determine compensation for property owners in Kimicanga, Gasabo District will be presented to Kigali City Council (KCC) next month.
According to Multi Construct Company, the firm contracted by Kigali City Council to conduct the evaluation and compensation exercise, the study has reached its final stage.
“We are finalizing the evaluation report. Next month it will be submitted to KCC,” Pierre Nyiringabo, the director of the company disclosed on Friday.
However, the report comes three months late according to the contract that was signed between the two parties.
Although Nyiringabo attributed the delay to some challenges during the exercise, he put much emphasis on KCCs` failure to fulfil its obligations.
“We were faced with problems concerning finance and the land pricing system was submitted in late,” Nyiringabo said.
However, Jean Baptiste Ndahimana, a civil engineer in charge of the Urban Planning Department in charge of the expropriation at Kigali City council, dismissed allegations that delays were connected to finance.
“20% is paid as soon as the contract is signed and another 30% upon producing the draft report,” Ndahimana said.
He added that if the firm produces the draft report late, the 30% is paid depending on the time the draft is produced.
He, however, admitted the delay of the pricing system of land, saying that this was to ensure that the system used complies with the current value of land.
“A lot of time had to be consumed in the process that involved consulting the land bureau and the Ministry of Land and Natural resources to come up with a current land valuing system,” Ndahimana said.
He said that the old system of valuing land was currently not applicable to land owners.
Kimicanga, one of the areas earmarked for expropriation as part of the implementation of the Kigali City Master Plan has approximately 492 landlords with 673 houses.
The exercise was meant to evaluate the property in the area to compensate residents and resettle them in other residential parts of the city.