Kagame Rallies Citizens to Hold Leaders Accountable

President Paul Kagame has called on Rwandans to not be afraid of holding their leaders to account, information pills and speaking out when they are not being served.

The President was on a one-day visit in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province.

Kagame, who was interacting with Nyagatare District residents in Matimba and Karangazi sectors, highlighted that public officials have no right to use public sources as their own.

“It is your right to hold your leaders accountable for resources that should be used for your benefit. It is our goal to provide electricity and other public utilities to every citizen of our country. It is your right as citizens to demand it from us,” said Kagame.

The Head of State further reiterated that although the country has made tremendous strides in the last 23 years, a lot still needs to be done and every Rwandan must be ready to play their part.

“To achieve more means even more hard work and better collaboration between ourselves and with the relevant institutions. As citizens, you have a responsibility. Keep your community clean, play your part in keeping each other safe,” he added.

In Nyagatare, President Kagame also visited EPIC hotel.

The Eastern Province Investment Corporation (EPIC) began construction of the hotel in 2013 and it’s expected to be finalized by May this year.


Upon completion of the hotel, its management will be under City Blue management.  The total construction budget is estimated at Rwf 16.4 bn.

Kagame also toured East African Granite Industries Ltd (EAGI), the granite-processing factory was established in 2012 and is presently producing between 200 and 300 Sqm per day.

With new machinery being installed, the capacity is expected to increase to 1000 Sqm per day and eventually reach 2000 Sqm daily.

He further visited Kagitumba One Stop Border Post (OSBP).

The OSBP facility was created to ease doing business between Uganda and Rwanda by reducing border-crossing bureaucracy.

Construction started in May 2013 while operations started in December 2015. After three months of operation, the border post registered a 25 percent reduction in clearing time, which is expected to rise to 30 percent by June 2017.

Nyagatare District is primarily rural with 67 percent of the population engaged in extensive agriculture. Major crops cultivated include maize, beans, cassava, rice and bananas.

An irrigation scheme irrigating 900 hectares constructed in Musheri, Matimba and Kagitumba has significantly impacted agricultural productivity. The district also produces about 90,000 l of milk daily and sells 75,000 l.

In order to increase access to water, government is currently implementing a 4.4 Frw billion project to supply clean water to 36.000 people by 2017.

Additionally, a 6 Frw billion World Bank project to supply water for livestock is underway.

On the health side, 80.1 percent of the population is covered under the Community based health insurance scheme (MUSA) and the district recently constructed a modern laboratory and maternity facility.

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