Just four days after President Paul Kagame’s warning to hoteliers to improve catering services, the problem has persisted with the same embarrassing blunder repeated yesterday during the ongoing Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) held in Rwanda, Camp Kigali venue, where various participants lamented insufficient portions while others in the queue reached the cafeteria section when the food was finished with nothing left in the kitchen to replenish the dishes. Many guests went without lunch.
President Kagame last Saturday said that the recently hosted World Economic Forum was successful but some hotels did not provide sufficient catering services in terms of quality and quantity of meals.
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa kicked off in Kigali on June 13th 2016 and will close today June 16th 2016, having been attended by
The problem of inadequate catering services started on Tuesday June 14th during lunch time where some participants went without breakfast and lunch, creating embarrassing moments.
“We lacked important food items for lunch. Even rice and sweet potatoes were missing,” said one participant who talked to IGIHE.
Another participant told IGIHE that the scene was ‘something scandalous’ to see guests missing meals and returning to the meeting on empty bellies.
Rwandans who attended the meeting and knew how to get around bought own meals and returned later. However, foreigners from West Africa could not help the situation and decried the poor organization.
The cause of the gaffe has been attributed to discrepancies between the organizers and sponsors. It is said that 1,422 participants registered to attend the forum while FARA accepted to feed only 650 delegates. The refectory where meals are served can accommodate only 816 guests.
On the first day, FARA fed 800 participants and 650 on the second day.
It is said that responsibilities of the forum’s preparations were shared by FARA and Rwanda under which FARA had to provide food while Rwanda had to be responsible for transporting participants.
Dr. Patrick Karangwa, a member of the organizing committee has confirmed to IGIHE that food was insufficient and explained that it resulted from FARA which released the list of participants different from the number of participants registered.
“I can’t deny. Some people missed food but they are not many.There was a problem of numbers .FARA was responsible for feeding guests and may have failed to make effective reconciliation of numbers,” he said.