The labour and developments project carried out under the Works for Common Interest (TIG) since in 2005, has been valued at Rwf 21,185,441,286.
TIG which was instituted in 2001 by the presidential order as a home-grown solution to the overwhelming number of genocide convicts has been instrumental in bringing about social-economic reconstruction especially in the local governments.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Jean Paul Munyandekwe the Director of Implementation Unit at the TIG secretariat, revealed that the impact of TIG in development is visible, especially in the strengthening of infrastructural capacities and agricultural production.
“The impact of TIG is very positive and visible in the country. There is a shift in behavioural change of the convicts serving the sentence at the same time contributing constructively to development in various works,” said Munyandekwe.
He added that the convicts have accomplished a lot for themselves and for their country in the aspects of social integration and social-economic reconstruction, which are some of the TIG’s objectives.
In Kicukiro District alone, TIG labour is estimated at Rwf 800m in the last 6 months.
“There has been a significant development impact brought about by TIG operations, they have constructed schools, roads, terraces and have contributed in agricultural production. Our District has undoubtedly benefited from TIG,” observed Jules Ndamage, the Mayor of Kicukiro.
Since its establishment, TIG has used 94,456 convicts and these have served in crosscutting sectors like infrastructure through road and housing construction, agricultural production and other developmental undertakings.