When will former 1930 land be developed?

By IGIHE
On 22 October 2019 at 11:38

It is almost two years since over 3000 inmates were vacated from Nyarugenge Prison commonly known as 1930 to Mageragere Prison.

Following the relocation of inmates, Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) announced that the land was left under the trust of the Government which has to determine how it should be utilized.

Some people advised that the land and building should be preserved as a museum with a history of being the first prison in Rwanda while others were of the view that housing units for low and middle-income earners would be ideal.

The mayor of Kigali city, Pudence Rubingisa recently told IGIHE that some investors have expressed interest, pitching projects that might be run on the land of ‘1930’.

“These include Champion Investment Corporation (CHIC) investors who expressed interest to raise more buildings. We have so far received demand from many investors. We are currently under the phase of examining what investment suits the master plan so that the project can start,” he said.

The chairperson of CHIC, Tharcisse Ngabonziza has told IGIHE that they decided to build apartments and waiting for the City of Kigali’s approval.

“We have pitched the project, agreed on all the basics and waiting for the City of Kigali’s feedback. It is obvious that the case is being examined with urgency,” he said.
Ngabonziza explained that they plan to build apartments for low and middle-income earners in three categories.

“The land is made of over 8 hectares. We observed that only five hectares can be exploited because the rest is located on elevated land where it is impossible The budget to put to use the land has not yet been established but the number of apartments is estimated between 700 and 800 units.

It is almost two years since over 3000 inmates were vacated from Nyarugenge Prison commonly known as 1930 to Mageragere Prison.

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