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Rwanda: Gov't Officials Quizzed At National Dialogue

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“Only the poor should have subsidised power. The rich people who have ample resources should pay more than the poor because our principle is that we must widen access to electricity,” said Kagame.

He described the new power tariffs as “ridiculous.”

Kagame also castigated officials’ tendency of “being clever at speaking about projects” but not being able to implement them for the country’s transformation.

A participant quizzlng government officials at the meeting

The President used the platform to urge Rwandans to stop “arguing without giving solutions,” saying only Rwandans can contribute towards their country’s economic development.

During the function, a participant asked what happened to a road project that was supposed to start over 30 years ago in Rutsiro.

It was later clarified the construction of the road was already underway and that it would be completed in the next two years.

Kagame also supported the youth’s view to have own initiatives where they can be able to announce their contributions to the country’s development plans.

The function was hugely interactive with many participants contributing ideas towards the country’s national development

The Finance Minister, Claver Gatete, outlined Rwanda’s strategy aimed at enabling the country to achieve self-reliance.

He admitted that complete independence from foreign donations would take a bit longer and that the process continued to be hindered by lack of significant innovations, low exports, dependency complex among the population and inadequate tax collection methods among others.

Gatete called for the review of unnecessary cultural practices such as heavy expenditure on weddings to lay a firm ground for a culture of savings.

He further rooted for increased agricultural productivity and heavy investments in the private sector, skills development, capacity building, infrastructure, tourism and export promotion activities.

“The dependence complex is still strong and needs to be fought. We still import more than we export. We need to build capacity and increase investments in productivity to boost revenues from exports,” said Gatete at a function attended by over 1000 participants.

Gatete further expounded that Agaciro Fund (Dignity) has raised over Rwf 20bn which will be used for development projects.

The Minister praised Umuganda and Gacaca as critical communal programmes that have played a pivotal role in fostering development and saving government billions of shillings.

Earlier, Premier Damien Habumuremyi listed achievements of the 2012 national Dialogue, saying mortality rates would continue to reduce drastically and that government was now targeting less than 50 deaths per 1,000 births.

Achievements at a glance

The book named “Indangagaciro z’umuco nyarwanda mu iterambere” with its handbook was developed and distributed in all Districts, Sectors, Cells and Villages.

Sensitization of citizens on self-reliance is regularly conducted through Umuganda and Inteko z’Abaturage. For the private sector, the civil society and faith based organizations, sensitizations are conducted through JADF at District and Sector levels

Campaigns on positive values were conducted. So far 1,177,857 Rwandans were trained on positive values at the Village levels. The training exercise is still ongoing to reach as many Rwandans as possible.

With regards to decentralization of motor vehicles inspection, a mobile lane was introduced and is carrying out inspections in different parts of the Country.

• Collateral security registration was decentralized and currently applications for collateral registration are done by financial institutions.

Justice

The Organic Law instituting the penal code which among others punishes crimes of genocide and genocide ideology was published in the Official Gazette N° 01/2012/OL of 02/05/2012. In addition, the new law on genocide ideology was published in the Official Gazette No 43 bis of the 28/10/2013.

In relation to prosecution of suspect of genocide related crimes, a total of 223 people were convicted including genocide denial, genocide ideology and genocide trivialization and this between July 2012 and September 2013

With regards to strengthening research on genocide, a special centre/directorate in charge of coordinating research and documentation on genocide was established in CNLG and is fully functional.

Data was gathered for the following 3 fields of research: 1) Planning and Execution of Genocide Against Tutsi in Gisenyi Former Prefecture; 2) Justice and Genocide: How did the Absence of Rule of Law and the Culture of Impunity culminate in the 1994 Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in Rwanda? and 3) Ideology in Rwanda and its Impact on Rwandan Society between 1994 and 2012.

Economy

Rwf 1,485,861,982 was paid as expropriation for property damaged by public works projects. The remaining Rwf 260,735,157 is being processed

Concerning payment of arrears to people who constructed 12YBE classrooms, Rwf 1,119,738,132 was paid and the remaining Rwf 178,231,707 will be transferred to Districts’ accounts as supported requests for payment are submitted.

In relation to the development of new tourism destinations and attractions, 2 caves in Musanze District were developed and the price of visit fixed. The Southern religious circuit (Kabgayi, Save and Kibeho) was enhanced with an Expo ground to provide visitors with facilities on 15th August and 28th November, dates for which the sites are massively visited.

Concerning the skills development and vocational program, a 5 Year Program for priority skills development in priority sectors of infrastructure, agriculture, natural resources, investment, trade and industry, ICT, health and education was developed, approved by Cabinet and disseminated.

Artificial insemination was decentralized with the establishment of 99 sub-centers to facilitate artificial insemination input delivery.

In relation to promoting milk processing factories, 52 out of 61 existing Milk Collection Centers (MCCs) are now fully operational. In addition, 35 new MCCs were constructed and equipped this year. Among them 4 are now operational.

Social Welfare

4,453 loan demands (compared to 3,535 that were targeted), amounting to Rwf 8,579,265,244, were financed through Umwalimu SACCO. As of now, 294 Imirenge SACCO are already linked with Umwalimu SACCO Software and teachers are accessing financial services from Imirenge SACCOs counters.

The Ministry of Health developed a Human Resource for Health Strategic Plan 2011-2016 and is implementing it to address the shortage of specialists. In addition to human resource development, King Faisal Hospital, Rwanda Military Hospital and Butare University Teaching Hospital have got new equipment to improve and extend services.

• A new private hospital, the Dr. Agarwal Eye Hospital is operational and is offering specialized eye treatments.

• With regard to support to genocide survivors, the following was done :

– 24,141 students in secondary school and 11,466 students in higher learning Institutions were supported with tuition and scholastic materials.

– 17,650 Genocide survivors were supported in health care services during the Army Week while 16 were supported to get treatment abroad.

– 17,352 genocide survivors were given support in form of financial services for income generating activities; while 1000 were supported through the Girinka programme.

– 21,039 vulnerable genocide survivors were given direct support in form of subsistence allowances

– 486 new houses were constructed for vulnerable genocide survivors.

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