Each of the Rwandan districts now has a minister in charge, who must give at least one visit a month and report back to the prime minister. This is not new, but a new assignment has taken place.
In a letter dated 15 September 2017 to the members of the Government and State Ministers, Dr Edouard Ngirente, the new Rwandan Prime Minister informs them of the management of the districts entrusted to them. The letter reserves a copy for the president of the republic, the mayor of the city of Kigali and all the four governors of the provinces.
The PM said in his letter, “As part of monitoring and accelerating the implementation of government programs, I would like to send to you in attachment, the list of districts for which each of you is in charge. The overall objective of this program is to monitor the implementation of government policies, but in particular you will have to monitor the evolution of the performance contracts and provide advice in order to find a solution to the possible development challenges of the districts.
I also inform you that you must visit your districts at least once a month and give the report on their situation. God bless you, have good work. ”
In addition to monitoring performance contracts, ministers support districts in addressing challenges in agriculture, infrastructure, social, education, health, and so on.
A related report must reach the PM in three days, and must include the general observation of the district, specific problems observed and possible solutions.
Little change, some maintain the old districts, except the new comers of the team: Eng Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye [Jado] of the transport takes Ngoma of the east, Francine Tumusime follows Gakenke of the north, Esperance Nyirasafari of gender and family goes to southern Ruhango, as Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi of health in Nyanza.
They do not change districts, the old ministers like the one of defense, Gen James Kabarebe has to watch over the Rwandan border with Congo in Rubavu.
Dr. Diane Gashumba of Health will oversee Burera, where is located the Butaro Hospital of Cancer.
The two diplomats Louise Mushikiwabo and Olivier Nduhungirehe will collaborate in the smooth running of Gasabo, the district home to many of administrative infrastructures in Kigali.
In the south of the country, Dr. Vincent Biruta (Environment) is in charge of the Muhanga mining district, while Isaac Munyakazi of education will go to Nyaruguru.
Hard tasks there, but possible mission
General James Kabarebe, in a district whose mayor has just resigned, will help solve the long-standing land problems in Rubavu (Nyamyumba and Cyanzarwe). None could not forget to advise the local leaders there to observe cleanliness, as three executive secretaries have been suspended after the President’s touristic visit.
Francis Kaboneka, who is responsible for the local administration, will be in Musanze, formerly the granary of the country. If Kigali begins to consume potatoes from Uganda and Kenya, since Kinigi is becoming more and more expensive, it is because there is something wrong in volcanic region.
Gataraga market / Musanze the price is 270 frws, because the multipliers are demotivated, and shortage of enough space is also a concern. He will also analyse the functioning of the potato collection centers, which according to the producers, have become a property of some private figures.
In Nyamagabe, Dr Alivera Mukabaramba, of social affairs, break the deadlock. Errors in the categorization (ibyiciro by’ubudehe) of citizens still affect them: children in school, VUP support, etc. Land taxes in this so-called city and its surroundings remain a burden, as 30frs per square meter, in a rural plot without production, remains high according to the inhabitants of the Remera cell, Gasaka sector. Some, testify the arrears of 300,000 frws, while they even lack health insurance.
Madam Minister, this will be a gold opportunity to check whether iron sheets and the Girinka cows from your ministry to Kigeme residents have reached their destination. A look down the refugee camp, the indigenous life in Gakoma village will help you evaluate your charitable projects.
And if you get time, listen to the genocide survivors whose gacaca files can’t be found.
Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri of education, in Nyabihu district, there are many school dropouts, teenage pregnancies and stunting children. The three may be linked for sure. If agricultural production is not a matter there, parental responsibility might be a concern.
In general, according to statistics(NISR: Poverty Mapping Report), many districts are poor, and some like Rwamagana and Kayonza in the east, Muhanga and Kamonyi in the south are green to mean prosperous (few are poor, many are middle, some are rich there).
But come to Nyamasheke, Gicumbi, Gisagara, Ngororero, Burera, Rutsiro and others, there are in red on the map, to mean no life: The poor exceed the middles in number, very few are rich there. One may hope on the mission of the Minister Guardian, should be added ‘to change this state towards the best possible situation. Rwandans believe in the expertise of a new PM, Dr Edouard Ngirente in agro-economics, and hope positive change in their lives.
Jean Baptiste Karegeya&Zacharia Murekezi