A total of 450 Nyamasheke residents from Ntango and Kigabiro cells of Nyabitekeri sector are crying foul over unpaid wages for the work they executed under Vision Umurenge Program (VUP) on a 6-kilometer Gahuhwezi-Gishugi road between November 2015 and July 2016.
Some residents who participated in the road construction have told IGIHE that it was completed without getting full payments.
“We have been waiting for the payments in vain. We worked for Rwf 1000 each day. They owe me Rwf 32,000 with which I was expecting to buy seeds. We ended up renting our gardens to people who had money to buy seeds,” said a one Nyamutizi Felicien.
“We worked under the program of VUP. We traced the road from Gahuhwezi center to Gishugi. We worked for 64 days but received half payment. The sector executive secretary refused giving us the whole payment saying we would receive the balance another time. They owe me Rwf 32,000. I am starving and have no medical insurance,” said another claimant, Bizimana Gérase.
The vice mayor in charge of social welfare in Nyamasheke district, Mukamana Claudette said that they sent the money to the management of Umurenge Sacco which mishandled the case.
“We sent payments in June but Umurenge Sacco has not yet paid the claimants. We are going to follow up the case,” she promised.