The village is home to 240 households relocated from high risk zones around Kigali. It comprises living apartments, a secondary school, and an Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD).
It is connected with water and electricity; equipped with decent roads, waste treatment system and kitchen backyards, chicken abode with the capacity to accommodate over 9000 chicks.
Karama Model Village was built in collaboration with Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Reserve Force within a period of six months. It is part of the activities lined up for the 25th anniversary of the National Liberation Day.
Following the inauguration of Karama Model Village, President Kagame interacted with thousands of residents from across Kigali city.
President Kagame thanked all people present at the event leading to the Liberation Day and requested beneficiaries to take care of new infrastructure.
“This model village shows that Liberation is not simply about words, it is about action. It is an example of what we can accomplish and that we can do a lot more. You must each play your role; beginning with taking care of the home you were given,” he said.
Kagame reminded residents that liberation should not be taken as a privilege for particular people highlighting that ‘liberation means believing that a good life is not a right only reserved for others, every Rwandan deserves it’.
He explained that the current phase of the liberation struggle is about achieving transformation and ‘being the Rwandans and Africans we should be’.
“For those who believe in God, do you believe that Rwanda and Africa was created to be poor and always begging, and another part of the world was created to be prosperous? That is not part of my beliefs. My belief is that within me, I have the ability and the right to live as well as anyone deserves anywhere in the world,” he said.
“Let us continue to remember the meaning of Liberation as well as those who were involved, both those who are with us today and those who lost their lives,” added the President.