Damaged cement was provided by the Ministry of Defense through the Reserve Forces one year ago following the heavy rain that left a number of houses destroyed in Rubavu district.
Tuyisenge Felix, one of the disaster-affected residents said the cement was long-awaited to complete their houses.
“Following disasters, the Government rented accommodation for vulnerable residents but others with means rebuilt houses. I am among those who managed to set up other buildings. It would be better we get the cement to make final touches,” he said.
Rubavu district vice mayor for economic affairs, Nzabonimpa Déogratias said they have assigned a team to inspect the number of damaged sacks and hold accountable the people behind the negligence.
“There are at least 700 sacks of cement that might have wasted in-store within a year. We have delegated a team following up on the matter to identify non-damaged cement to be used. We need the cement to build 400 houses of vulnerable residents this year. We shall opt for the court to bring to book whoever is responsible for the waste,” he said.
IGIHE has learned from credible sources that 5078 sacks were damaged in store though the vice mayor reduced the number to 700.
The heavy downpour of 3rd March 2018 resulted in the flooding of River Sebeya hence completely destroying 26 houses and dampened over 900. Most of the victims are still housed by good Samaritans.