Residents in Cyingwa Cell, Gitambi Sector in Rusizi District say they are a lot of steps behind the country’s development as they claim roads; electricity and clean water are the major issues that surround the Eastern Province-based suburb.
You can hardly find clean water in the cell while other parts of the district do. no electricity, nor a modern market in the sector at which the cell is located and transport is not easy at all as only damaged roads are found in the area, something which sees emergency vehicles find it difficult to pass through while rushing a patient to the hospital.
Talking to Bwiza.com, the residents in this area claim the fact that some development project does not reach them affect their daily lives, in terms of economic welfare and mindset, while they remain nervous to hear the development that other communities have successfully reached.
Joseph Bigirimana, a resident at Cyingwa Cell says, “We are really happy that we have security which helps us to safely operate on different development activities but infrastructures remain a major challenge that are hindering our targeted development. We cannot reach the development in a poor infrastructural area like this, they pushing us back from development instead because we cannot even think about development without electricity which is an advantage to other communities. It is so sad to have such poor roads to Mibilizi Hospital, through which it even appears be too difficult for pedestrians to pass through while taking the patient to the hospital”
He also highlighted the fellow community dilemma, saying, “Water shortage is taking us at risk of being attacked by a number of diseases due to hygiene issues. We cannot take our goods to the market during the harvest season, either, because the transport is rare in our area nor is there any market to take our goods”
He adds that they do a long distance journey to the markets like Nyakabuye, Muganza and Bambiro, which are far away from their homes, taking two hours or so to reach there.
“ It takes two hours or so to go to each of the three markets with a luggage on the head because there are no vehicles, nor even bikes, which can facilitate us it terms of transport due to bad roads,” he said.
Théogène Habineza, another resident at this cell, also says, “How can we get developed while it takes not below two hours going to another area to charge our cell phones? It takes us five hours to reach a cassava milling machine”
“Primary students here hardly study ICT due to lack of electricity while we are still using kerosene in our homes during the night and they struggle to revise their studies, as a result. We have too many challenges as we cannot watch Television so we can get to know what is happening elsewhere in terms of development. Consumable water is also a matter, but we want all these issues to be solved,” he added.
Frederic Harelimana, the Mayor of Rusizi District, promised the Cyingwa cell residents to have their issues addressed as soon as possible.
“As the local administration, we have the responsibility of taking the infrastructures within residents’ reach and we are aware that this cell is the only one remaining to be provided electricity while the road (Mashesha- Mibilizi) keeps bringing them danger. The issues of clean water and electricity as well as the modern market will reach them soon since we are aware of it”
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