It’s easy to guess a true ‘Inkotanyi’. But what about ‘Itorero’ graduates?

Different categories have been trained at Itorero so far to prove everybody with positive outcomes from it, but it seems quite an opposite.

Over 10 units have been trained at Itorero, namely doctors, journalists, grassroots local leaders, Mayors and Sector Executive Secretaries and teachers among many others are unlikely to prove that they were trained whereas a current or retired RDF man is easily known.

Since Itorero was reintroduced, many believed that all wrongdoings would be totally cleared in the country, but they were wrong instead. compiles all wrong activities still happening while they should not, in presence of Intore.

1.Girinka policy cows are being embezzled by local leaders day after day where, in Northern Province, 7425 cows were embezzled or given to whom they are not destined.
In Gatsibo, they are taken away from beneficiaries and sold out, while they are given to grassroots leaders in Nyamagabe. There have been a big number of cases, mostly involving local leaders, so-called Intore, in Girinka cow embezzlement so far.

2.Different Gacaca cases yet to be finalized, especially in Nyamagabe, Mageragere in Nyarugenge, Ntarama of Bugesera and elsewhere where some cases either involve unconcerned people, or Genocide survivors find it too hard to get compensated until they give up. In some cases, local leaders are involved helping those who are supposed to compensate  to sell  properties before the exile until they seem to buy the suspects’ properties. Similar cases happened in Muyumbu Sectror in Rwamagana District, Ntarama sector in Bugesera, Munyiginya sector in Rwamagana and Gasaka in Nyamagabe. There others who feel to forgive those who were supposed to compensate them, just like in Muyira sector in Nyanza Distrrict and in Mageragere of Nyarugenge District but end up missing them to ask them for a favor.

3.Malnutrition: in both rural and urban areas, 38 per cent of children under five years are  stunting, while 14 per cent of them face severe malnutrition issues. In some districts like Nyabihu, stunting children are above average.

In Kigali City, home to ‘Intore z’Inyarurembo’,  where people eat to leave for dogs or rubbish are taken to Nduba main compst. However, in Capital, there are still people facing malnutrition: Nyarugenge on top with 29 percent, Gasabo  with 22 percent and 17 percent for Kicukiro. So what kind of Intore are these selfish citizens?

4.The case of school drop outs: it is all up to teachers to make sure the drop out issue is addressed and it seems their educations supervisors’ task is only going for a ride as if they are not the right persons responsible for children’s education.

5. Uncleanness and toilet shortage: over 1000 families in Gicumbi do not have toilets,  the district, also known to have taken a special day to wash their people, has plenty of ‘intore’

In Munyiginya sector, Rwamagana District, 72 families do not have toilets in Nkomangwa, the same case has happened in Kayonza and Nyamagabe Districts among others, until  Honorable Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi felt curious to hear from Prime Minister’s comments from this issue while presenting what has been achieved so far in health sector.

« what is really missing ? we have trees and people, so what ? » Gatabazi asked.

A trained journalist, ‘Impamyabigwi’ also wondered, « what are such a big number of trained ‘Intore’ doing on this issue ? there are plenty of Intore like Impeshakurama, Isonga and ‘Mutima Wurugo’

A real ‘Intore’ should not feel nervous to encourage people to wash their bodies and clothes ? how come do they not tell those who urinate across the road that it is a bad habit ? Intore could not tolerate such things.


6.Beneficiaries’ funds embezzlement : citizens in Nyamagabe live in very small muddy houses and are suffering from heavy rains while there is roofing support around. In other cases, food is secretly provided to some while others miss out on the support. One would be mistaken if he says there are no ‘intore’ in these areas.

The same scandal happened in Muyira Sector in Nyanza District where, an old woman sleeps in a door-free house.

Many are kept on the list of support beneficiaries while they either went abroad, died or appear on wealthier category.


In terms of Vision Umurenge Program (VUP) , only half the money provided by the Ministry reach the beneficiaries at the village level, and the policy implementation moderators are not paid either while a beneficiary is required to corrupt local leaders so s/he gets what s/he was supposed to get for free. This form of corruption is done by leaders who attended ‘Itorero’


7.Increasing child pregnancy: a report conducted by CLADHO in 52 sectors from 10 districts, reveals that 818 children are pregnant. Among them, 116 from Huye’s five sectors , 105 of Kicukiro’s  while 95 are from Bugesera’s 6 sectors.

Worse than than, only 5, 07 percent of these pregnancy cases have been reported to the Police. So, who is to blame for the failure to help children report such cases to gain legal support for their right, using the values pursued from Itorero? This is what  is said about ‘intore’.

A lot still goes wrong in presence of the community who attended ‘Itorero’, especially Village housewives known as ‘Mutimawurugo’ and ‘Isonga’ who keep silent, and instead unite the one who impregnated the child and her parents to find an easier, but illegal solution to the issue.

8.Corruption: the repeating issue has been voiced for so long, but things get worse when it comes to Construction permit issuance in Kigali City.

Trained journalists, ‘Impamyabigwi’, have recently revealed that such corruption cases happened in Bumbogo, Ndera and Gikomero among many others. Trained local leaders, ‘Isonga’, circulate different areas in Kigali ordering the destruction of old buildings different city’s suburbs in Kigali and skip house of owners who corrupted them.

More testimonies can tour the city and check whether those who completed the construction of their houses have construction permits

Are you, trained leaders, really sure all completed houses in your sector have construction permits? Or you wait for the village chief to report?

9.Hatred and negative solidarity: many have been betrayed and jailed, like in Cyabakamyi in Nyanza District, Motel Ubwuzu of Gicumbi was suspended from operating for two years due to so-called  hygiene-related issues iddle  supervision team. But the place and elsewhere in the country is surrounded by ‘intore’ for sure, as favoritism and partnership in crime and embezzlement never cease to happen in a big number of districts.


10.Report faking- a shortcut to greed : fake statistics, and fake structure as well as reducing the number of vulnerable families and school drop outs, registering non-enrolled students, increasing the number of people who pay Health insurance, while they are too poor. All these are done by the so-called ‘Intore’.

Faking Ubudehe categories, granting the unbalanced categories, structuring salaries to fake employees. It is done by none else than the so-called ‘Intore’


  1. Drugs: one may not know where cannabis is sold, but he may be aware of smokers’ place. Gins and Waragi dealers are known and their factories are known but ‘Intore’ remain passive and silent.
  2. Domestic conflicts: couples in villages spend the night fighting, but local leaders’ cease fire factor still lacks. Minor violence also happens between the trained leaders’ eyes, and fail to interfere.
  3. Theft and lie: in each of the country’s districts, different investors are said to have failed to pay, or delayed payments for their employees, and all is done without local leaders intervention as they are said to get a present from those investors

Rulindo, Burera, Gatsibo, Gakenke, Kayonza, Gasabo, Bugesera, have had such cases where people spend over five years without getting paid and leaders protect the investors giving unconvincing reasons for their payments delay.

Reasons like new software is being installed to the computers, pay roll missing,  as if there is they have no secretary.

  1. Murder has become a joke: people kill each other due to a cell phone or an Rwf 100 coin. Should we say that Kayonza has no ‘Intore’? Is it really human to kill a person for a banana like it happened in Ngoma, Rwamagana, Gatsibo, Nyamagabe and Nyamasheke? So far, some Intore are involved, like former tax agent in Rwamagana.

Should one think of burning children to death like it previously happened at CHIC Complex in Nyarugenge as if trained individuals missed another option?


  1. Embezzlement of cooperatives’ money: one take being elected or appointed the cooperative president or manager as a chance to embezzle its money, like it happens in motorcycle cooperative. Can we say that there is not even one ‘Intore’ in the cooperative? Aren’t RCA staff Intore? They witness, keep silent.

So, why don’t most of them follow Inkotanyi’s footsteps, but do what is against their values? And it’s a pity the Civic education training’s expectations are all about words, but not actions.

Senator Narcisse Musabeyezu has earlier said that he easily recognise a driver who previously served RDF army, but struggled to catch any current ‘Intore’ particular personality that distinguishes them from others.

He said this in a visit to Karongi, when he, and his team led by Senator Gallican Niyongana, president of the  human rights and social affairs commission in senate .

Hon Perune Mukankusi, who was also part of the team,  wonders why people do not change bad habits after attending Itorero and, instead, keep prostitution, drunkenness and Geocide ideology among others.

Last Sunday’s ‘Uruhare rw’itangazamakuru’ -Role of press- talk show, aired on Isango Star Radio every Sunday, was talking about fresh journalists who recently graduated in the just concluded 7-day National Civic Education.

During the talk show, one of  followers asked why fresh Itorero graduates in general do not come up with unique character like  soldiers, as  this makes him doubt the outcomes of the ‘Civic Education’ training.

Journalists also appeared to be unconvinced with the post-Itorero behavior change of the trained ‘Intore’ which remains a big issue, according to Gonzaga Muganwa, the Secretary of Rwanda Journalists’ Association (ARJ)

He said, “there are some who do not change at all [after ‘Itorero’], and remain the same, but there is another group of people who benefited from Itorero and obviously changed”

According to Itorero, a trained ‘Intore is supposed to always be aware of what happens, fighting to be a role model and always find possible solutions to different issues and more values.

However, it seems the trainers’ efforts are not paying off as expected, following the trained individuals’ failure to respect the values during their everyday job.

Rucagu should either change the way civic education training is conducted or find any other efficient solution to this issue, after many have failed to change thanks to Itorero, and remain like they had been before.

Karegeya Jean Baptiste

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