Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA) started the liberation struggle on 1st October 1990, considered the foundation for Rwanda’s transformational journey.
With dedication to common cause to reinstate dignity for Rwandans deprived of their rights, RPA soldiers including men and women endured tough days and nights and selflessly kept soldiering on until the liberation of Rwanda on 1st July 2021.
In the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and the Liberation war, Rwandans made good choices guided by the philosophy of working together, promoting accountability and thinking big towards a shared vision to make Rwanda a peaceful, united, prosperous and self-reliant nation.
Even though the country won the battle, Rwandans still have a journey ahead to eradicate poverty, strive for self-reliance and consolidate gains.
As the country continues to put in place different measures to spur social-economic transformations along the resilience journey, Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) formerly RPA has not been left behind supporting the cause.
Beyond protecting national integrity and sovereignty, RDF has been for the past 27 years walking with Rwandans along the development journey implementing a number of development projects across the country through strong collaboration with different institutions.
Some of most recent projects include infrastructures built across the country ranging from health centers, schools, bridges, roads and providing decent shelters for vulnerable residents completed at over Rwf75 billion in the fiscal year 2020/21, as per figures from the Ministry of Defense (MoD).
During implementation of these projects to advance national development and uplift citizens’ wellbeing, RDF partnered with different Government institutions including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of ICT, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture and Rwanda Environment Management Authority among others.
Hospitals, roads and bridges
Nyabikenke is among areas of Muhanga district where residents struggle to access health services. To find a durable solution, the Government of Rwanda started building a hospital at district level in 2013.
Later on, the contractor abandoned the project in 2014. Construction activities were put to a standstill until 2018 when the project was handed over Reserve Forces.
Currently, the hospital has reached final phases and expected to be inaugurated in the near future.
Upon completion, the hospital will give relief to Nyabikenke residents who used to seek services from Ruli and Kabgayi hospitals respectively in Gakenke and Muhanga districts.
Nyabikenke Hospital will be completed at Rwf9 billion.
In 2020/21 fiscal year, RDF also built two health centers in Karongi and Rusizi districts completed at a cost of Rwf715, 534,598.
Three more health posts worth Rwf232, 612,287 were also constructed in the districts of Gicumbi, Gasabo and Gakenke in the same year.
Other projects completed by RDF in 2020/21 include maternity wards in Nyarugenge and Rulindo worth Rwf185, 871,954 and a pediatric clinic worth Rwf17, 432,189 in Kamonyi district.
In partnership with other institutions, RDF also built 705 for survivors of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi worth Rwf8, 995, 733,407 in 25 districts across the country and handed over 59 houses to families of retired soldiers disabled during the Liberation Struggle completed at Rwf947, 613,913.
In Nyagatare district, RDF constructed 33-kilometer long water supply system at Rwf803, 340,612 to address water shortage.
In the education sector, RDF built eight Vocation Training Schools and one Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) worth Rwf11, 959,579,397 in the districts of Burera, Gicumbi, Nyagatare, Rulindo and Huye.
Among others, RDF rehabilitated, built four bridges in Bugesera and Nyabihu districts at Rwf402, 087,820 and constructed 187.965-kilometer roads completed at Rwf11, 784,788,025.
In 2020/21, RDF constructed two Integrated Development Program (IDP) Model Villages respectively in Kinigi sector, Musanze district and Kinihira at Rwf27, 294,379,418.
They were an addition to other model villages including Kaduha, Mukuyu and Mugina in the respective districts of Nyamagabe, Gasabo district and Kamonyi.
These model villages built for vulnerable residents have basic infrastructures including health centers, schools, roads and electricity among others.
Resettled residents also benefit from other projects including livestock farming, poultry to prevent malnutrition and spur their economic growth.
The Government of Rwanda has been inaugurating model villages since 2016 in context of liberation anniversary.
So far, 82 model villages have been constructed across the country. Five of them including Rweru, Kazirankara-Nyundo, Horezo-Kanyenyeri, Karama and Gishuro were officially inaugurated by President Paul Kagame.