The government has been working on the program of completely getting rid of asbestos roofing materials for ten years because of its effects on human health including incurable diseases like lung cancer and others.
In May last year, President Kagame while on a visit to Musanze and Nyabihu districts, reiterated that the roofing materials have to be got rid of once and for all.
“We took decision on removing asbestos roofing materials from government buildings ten years ago. That is what I tasked leaders because on arrival here that is what one sees first.”
The Minister of Infrastructure, Gatete Claver, recently told the media that this year 2020, will leave all state buildings free of asbestos roofing because the required funds have been realized. The removal of remnant sheets will be done be the RDF Reserve Force.
Gatete also said that they are consulting with the private owners of asbestos roofed buildings to follow suit in their removal.
By June last year, the Ministry of Infrastructure announced that 57% government buildings with asbestos materials had been removed and 66% for private buildings.