Nyagatare sector office delays: No clear explanations for the prolonged construction delays. What is the problem?

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 23 June 2020 at 07:43

Residents of Nyagatare District in Rukomo Sector have expressed concern over continued delays in the construction of the sector offices which, in turn, has meant that they are provided services from dilapidated structures, yet, five years ago, they raised funds to build a new, larger and modern administration structure.

In 2015, the Rukomo Sector Council passed a resolution requiring every household in the sector to pay Rwf5000 for the construction of the new sector office with spacious office room, conference and events facilities. Residents willingly contributed for the cause; financially and in kind with some offering labour. Five years down the road, however, there is nothing to show for the efforts.

Some residents and village leaders who spoke to IGIHE said it was unfortunate that the community came together and did a good job in contributions but have been kept in the dark about the progress, not getting an iota of information as to why there has been a lull in the construction activities.

According to Habanabakize Jean Baptiste, the reason why this issue is unresolved is that this Sector’s leaders are always changed and once a new leader comes in, the issue is restarted.

Rukomo Sector Executive Secretary Karangwa Edouard said they are also disturbed by working in a small office area.

The mayor of Nyagatare District, Mushabe David Claudien, told IGIHE that the construction of the Sector Office began as a community project after the government wanted to help; they conducted a study and they found that the money they had requested for the completion of the building was very little that it had to be reconsidered.

The mayor, however, has not given any concrete explanation to the public that pooled resources to construct the sector offices for better services. The question is, “What is the problem?”

Rukomo Sector Executive Secretary Karangwa Edouard said they are also disturbed by working in a small office area.

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