Two years later, 5% businesses, NGOs still operate in Kigali residential houses

By Samson Iradukunda
On 27 December 2018 at 12:30

In January 2017, the City of Kigali issued a directive to businesses and Non-Government Organisations operating in residential premises, giving them a three months ultimatum to vacate and relocate to commercial buildings.

The authorities of the City of Kigali then said 968 residential houses, according to the City’s master plan, served as business houses and other services other than residence with Gasabo District having 517 houses, Nyarugenge with 356 while Kicukiro District counted 95 services operating in residential houses.

One month to two years today, the directive has been implemented by 95 per cent according to the City of Kigali Vice Mayor in charge of Economic Development, Parfait Busabizwa.

"The deadline we had set was not met by all the concerned but about 95% have relocated despite some who vacate residential houses in one area and relocate to another residential house to another area. It is an ongoing task," Busabizwa said in an exclusive interview with IGIHE.

Busabizwa also spoke on establishments in wetlands including business houses, residential houses revealing that their relocation stands at 93%.

"Houses found in wetlands are 178 with 138 having relocated, a 93% relocation rate. All garages operating in wetlands will have relocated by the end of December 2018," Busabizwa added.

Some commercial have empty rooms while numerous businesses operate in residential buildings