The new state minister in charge of Socio-economic Development in the Ministry of Local Governance (MINALOC), Cyriaque Harerimana has been advised to invest much effort in increasing districts revenues which so as to enhance people’s welfare.
The advise was made on Monday by the outgoing state minister Vincent Munyeshyaka (now the Minister of Trade and Industry) during the handover ceremony.
“When you compare the districts’ own revenues and the amount of money the government allocates there through Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA), the districts’ revenues are still low,” Munyeshyaka said.
He said that there is a need for more taxable activities which would spur the local governments’ revenues.
He said that when the government started decentralization in 2006, 28% of district’s budget was from government but today only 12% is allocated there.
Harerimana has been advised to continue with supporting community work (umuganda) activities targeting to change lives of Rwandans and responding to their problems as well as encouraging the involvement of the private sector.
Among other duties that await Harerimana is to increase model villages through attracting a wide spectrum of institutions’ involvement.
Speaking at the event, Harerimana said that he will embark on discussions with districts and identify problems and opportunities as they forge the way forward.
“We need to help districts identify their problems, and they (districts) will help us to come up with resolutions; but in the meantime, we need to conduct a study on how districts could earn more revenue,” he said adding that they could secure loans for investing in income generating activities”
The minister for Local Government, Francis Kaboneka said that Harerimana comes at a time when efforts of planning for 2050 vision are being intensified.