Government to establish model village leadership committees to control mismanagement – KT PRESS
The local government department said steering committees would be set up to advise and monitor the mismanagement of properties by residents who have settled in planned model villages across the country.
The decision to create steering committees comes after the beneficiaries of the model villages were accused of mismanaging property and selling some of the assets given to them by the government in order to start income-generating activities and to be self-sufficient.
Since 2016, the government has started settling people from high-risk areas and vulnerable families in planned settlement sites called âmodel villagesâ as part of efforts to modernize rural settlements.
The beneficiaries have been installed in âmodel villagesâ which are connected to essential infrastructure, including roads, water, electricity, schools, health posts and local markets.
However, some beneficiaries reportedly failed to maintain their homes, including repairing broken bricks, repainting homes, and continued to ask the government to do it for them. In other cases, people refuse to adapt to the new environment, resisting change, thus neglecting property.
Local Government Minister Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi said new measures have been put in place to ensure that important assets are protected against willful mismanagement.
âSome people moved into beautiful houses worth around 10 million Rwf, in a month they sold them for 1 million Rwf or 2 million Rwf. This is not good behavior. In the model village system, the government builds houses that last around 100 years, beneficiaries are expected to work and take care of themselves, renovating them where possible, âGatabazi said on Sunday, in Musanze district.
âWe know that there are people who mismanage properties, it’s a shame. We assessed all of the model villages across the country and found some issues. The problems are related to hygiene and mismanagement or mismanagement of their properties, mainly caused by people settling in model villages with no one to advise them and monitor all activities, âsaid Gatabazi.
âWe plan to establish a steering committee in each model village. It will include a manager and his committee. The committee will help residents to monitor government development programs, advise and monitor activities. In addition, the village and sector chiefs will be able to know the problems of the model village and solve them, âadded Gatabazi.
According to Gatabazi, the steering committee will tackle the problems detected, including cases of indiscipline, poor feeding of children, poor sanitation, mismanagement of property, among other issues affecting the government’s social protection program.
Gatabazi made the observation during the launch of the state-of-the-art model village worth more than Rwf 26 billion that will house 144 previously vulnerable households located in Musanze district, Northern Province.
The Kinigi model village, located in the Kinigi village Nyejoro sector was inaugurated as part of the activities marking the 27e anniversary of Liberation Day which is celebrated on July 4th every year.
Kinigi Model Village consists of 2 24-in-one houses with two bedrooms, 4 24-in-one houses (three bedrooms). Each house is equipped with a TV, radio, smart, living room furniture and gas cooking systems.
The model village also has a Health Center which has medical consultation rooms, a pharmacy, a medical laboratory, an ophthalmology, minor surgery and a health education room. . It also has hospital wards, among others.
Inside the model village, early childhood development centers (DPE), a primary and secondary school were built to extend education to the children of beneficiaries.
In order to promote the economic dependence of the beneficiaries, the poultry farm with 800 chickens, stables for 102 cows, fodder and a fodder storage room, fruit gardens and a space for trade (Agakiriro) was created.
Assiel Ndibabaje, one of the beneficiaries, commended the government for the initiative to move them into new homes and hopes to take the opportunity to expand.
âI never dreamed of living in a two-story house, it’s a real sign of liberation. We have been freed from poverty; I am very grateful to the government for taking the time to think about economically disadvantaged citizens like me, âsaid Ndibabaje /
âThe village has good schools and good hospitals, everything here is amazing, we will not be walking long distances to get schools and medicine for our people. We have visionary leaders who believe that life in this country matters, we have been installed in beautiful homes. I take this gift for granted by mistreating them, âNdibabaje added.
He added that in order to get a patient to the hospital in case of sudden illness, people had to walk long distances between their homes and health centers.
For Sifora Nyirakariburwa, another 69-year-old beneficiary said she had no words to express her gratitude to the government.
âIn my whole life, I have never seen a government as good as this one. I don’t know how we will ever be able to thank the government, I only ask God to answer my prayers to always bless all those responsible behind this visionary leadership, âsaid Nyirakariburwa.
âIt’s just amazing. I have no words. I only wish you had visited us in our old home and compared, with your own eyes. It’s wonderful, âshe added.
Solange Nyirakaderi, 42, mother of five, will move to her three-bedroom house. She said her kids are so excited.
âIt’s a very good house; well equipped and we are very happy to have it. We lived in a wooden house over there in the village of Nyejuru. Our new house has gas, cement floors and water, but we would get water from a tap in the village for Rwf 20 per jerrycan, âNyirakaderi said.
She added that the kids were so excited to see our new home.
Without mentioning the number of properties destroyed, Gatabazi said the government will not return to the model villages to rehabilitate each house, but the most vulnerable such as the elderly will have their properties renovated.
Over the past ten years, more than 4,000 families have been resettled in model villages. The villages have three-bedroom brick houses equipped with water, solar panels and sanitation systems, as well as social and economic infrastructure.
The government’s goal is to have 70% of the population living in an urban area or village by 2024.