Government owes Rwf63 million to former communes’ workers

On 30 November 2017 at 03:12

Senators have found a total of 353 former public servants from 13 districts demand Rwf63,466,622 of arrears from the government.

The problem originates from the 2006 government institutions reforms and decentralization which saw government’s local entities formerly known as communes reduced from 146 to 105 and later to 30 entities which changed name to districts, replacing communes and many public servants lost jobs in the process.

The problem was raised on Tuesday as Amb. Claver Gatete, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN), appeared before the Upper House to explain different problems facing the ministry.

Among these problems include that of former commune staff, sector leaders and executive secretaries among other employees in former sectors and communes that were affected by the government’s reforms but have not yet received the payment that the government was supposed to pay them.

Gatete said that staff from ten districts were not affected, 19 districts had documents that needed to be reviewed and only one district admitted to solve the problem by itself.

He said that in partnership with districts and the Ministry of Local Government, they had extended the period so that any other affected person could have reported their problem to MINECOFIN but the deadline expired on November 27th 2017.

Senators also enquired explanations about the delay of funds for genocide survivors yet the funds are kept in banks and other financial institutions while survivors’ children and families are starving due to lack of clear identifications of account owners.

Gatete explained that they are working with IBUKA, umbrella of the genocide survivors’ organizations, to continue identifying names and other information that can help for the disbursement of the money to beneficiaries.