In a press conference this morning, Kigali City officials promise to pay 50.000Rwfs to any person who will report about illegal construction. This Wednesday March 1st Parfait Busabizwa, Deputy Mayor in charge of economic development, declares that the reward aims at eradicating illegal construction. The informer’s identity will be kept confidential.
Kigali city population is now about 1.2 millions. It worries about illegal structures, which are often settled in high risk zones such as high slopes and valleys, most of time without prior permission. By this, residents are violating the master plan, and some do not even respect instruction in the construction permits when delivered.
By tomorrow, Thursday March 2nd, the City will be receiving calls on 3262 toll-free, reporting on illegal construction. “We need people’s participation if we are to eradicate these practices. With the toll-free number and the rewards, we will be getting information on time and we will be following up on the illegal construction cases,” Busabizwa says.
He says the city has registered about 34,000 houses that are currently set up in high risk zones and he called upon city residents to stop building in such areas or renting homes built there. Consequently, 30 local leaders have been demoted over complicity and corruption in this regard.
“We will continue to see citizens’ participate in efforts to eradicate illegal construction practices in the city. What we want is to have a good city that is well organized and is environment-friendly,” deputy mayor adds.
The city officials have also urges residents to move from high risk zones to safer areas, where 140 safe and affordable homes have been built in model villages, for low-income and vulnerable people. The resettlement will take place this year, and high risk land land will remain the property of former users. These model villages are located in Masaka (Kicukiro District), Mageragere (Nyarugenge District), and Rutunga (Gasabo District).
Jean Baptiste Karegeya