The demand and confidence in ex-combatants’ participation to the government’s Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) Programs at all aspects of socio-economic development of the country is on the rise given the confidence from a number of stakeholders.
According to Commissioner Fred Nyamurangwa, the Chairman of Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) ex-combatants should keep pushing by contributing in fighting poverty in their families and communities and other different government policies to make EDPRS policies successful.
Nyamurangwa says, “ex-combatants are doing a remarkable job in fighting poverty towards a better socio-economic welfare. They survived after surviving arms struggle and are making a progress in getting rid of life struggle. They are supposed to protect the country from the poverty like they did, and still do, in delivering their all for a safe security and their contribution is therefore highly needed in the country’s rebuilding process towards sustainable development”
He expressed his confidence in their skills and capacity which can undoubtedly be instrumental to the country’s development, too, where their participation is needed in all economic sectors like Agriculture, livestock farming, Information Technology, arts and many others towards a successful policy implementation of EDPRS.
Themed ‘Enhancing participation of Ex-Combatants in Social and Economic Development’, the two-day conference has seen ex-combatants be assured at different opportunities are available in different sectors to facilitate them deliver positive outcomes for very improved level of socio-economic welfare.
Some opportunities highlighted include befitting from the trainings provided by the Workforce Development Authority, especially in tailoring, construction, ceramics and arts.
Faustin Kunde Gashugi insists, as an ex-combatant who parted ways with FDLR, it is every ex combatant to combat poverty and have a big hand in contributing to the country’s development by achieving the targets of EDPRS policies.
On his side, Kunde says his efforts in agriculture and business has made a huge impact on his life and his family while he also impressed the neighboring community in changing their lives through improved agricultural and livestock growth.
He said, “since I left the rebel, I had to start a new life with only ‘hope’ being my primary capital of my business since I was safe from wars because no one was shooting at me any longer and I am happy that the neighboring community have got to learn from different business activities that I was doing, while they were thinking them to be impossible in their area. I feel like I cannot lose the battle against poverty since I
So far, over 70 000 ex-combatants have been demobilized where they join the community to start a new life where the government deals with the inclusiveness of demobilized community in different sectors to keep delivering their contribution in building the country.
While ex-combatants are supposed to form cooperatives to join efforts in starting a new life by sharing ideas on doing different businesses to ensure a better life of their families and that of the communities neighboring nearby, the government ensures support in their respective projects by also facilitating their implementation to make them successful.
However, Felix Mutangana, the Director of Human Resources at Private Sector Federation, insists their contribution is still needed in different aspects of development, where their efforts come needed massively like construction of affordable houses, secondary cities development, roads construction, transport, energy, water and climate change where they should come up with a number of initiatives shaping solutions to different issues.
He said, “ex-combatants have done and are doing a remarkable job at the moment in contributing to the development of the country. However, the country still has a long journey to go and their participation is still needed in different aspects of socio-economic welfare”
He also urged their cooperatives to join PSF attached professional associations for advanced advocacy, capacity building, networking, especially with international private sector to increase the country’s economic pace process.
The conference participants recommended that advocacy is still need to empower ex-combatants with professional trainings in technical skills, basic training crop and livestock production and multiplication, advocacy on banks’ loan application approvals as well as ensuring health and education is affordably provided to ex-combatants’ children.
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