President Kagame advises on disabled access to storied buildings

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 12 September 2016 saa 05:58
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President Paul Kagame has criticized ministers that fail to fully embrace and implement government policies despite prior collective decisions taken by the government.

The president made the criticism yesterday as he presided over a ceremony to mark the completion of civic education for students from the university and higher learning institutions, after receiving a question from a member of ‘Intagamburuzwa’ (civic education trainees representatives).

Mukeshimana Esperance, the representative of disabled students at the University of Rwanda/College of Medicine and Health Sciences (UR-CMHS) expressed worries over unfavorable multileveled buildings where she demonstrated the challenges facing disabled students saying they cannot reach the top floor of multileveled buildings even where students in the department of “Biomedical Laboratories Services” carry out laboratory and other practices.

On hearing this, President Kagame said that people who built the house disregarded two things.

“People who constructed such buildings deviated from what should be done. It has been many years; it is not the first time nor the second. It is the case of people disrespecting decisions,” he said.

“We said that all buildings should have standards to be respected facilitating disabled people to go through them. The second thing they didn’t respect which people are still struggling with is that every building should install internet connectivity as they do for water availability and electricity,” he added noting that “These are things which persisted for many years. The Minister is here and knows that it is not done properly enough,” he said.

President Kagame told the university youth to avoid committing mistakes made by current leaders when they become ministers.

“When you become ministers don’t act as current ones. Remember to follow up what should be done. Do you understand? You ought to perform better than them,” he advised.

Regarding the complaint of disabled representative, President Kagame tasked the minister in charge of cabinet affairs, Stella Ford Mugabo to collaborate with officials in charge of infrastructures and engineers who built these buildings to correct what is possible.