Nyaruguru: NAEB resettles 100 families in new standardized houses.
Following targets set in Economic Development for Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS) II, Munini-Kibeho tea site is among five zones selected for tea acreage expansion projects. It is for that reason that since 2013, the National Agricultural Export Development Board built new resettlements for 234 families who were living in parts of Munini and Kibeho sectors of Nyaruguru District.
The first phase of that project is completed with new 100 housing units constructed for 100 families resettled from the tea industrial block, where Unilever Company is ready to start its activities of tea plantation expansion and factory very soon. The rest of families to be resettled (134) are expected to receive their houses after six months.
These houses constructed by RDF’s Reserve Force are modern houses in two designs. Four in One and Two in One designs, whereby houses are annexed which makes them a new village model, commonly known as ‘Imidugudu.’
“These houses have everything I never had a dream of and I think this is the beginning of my future.” Joyfully, Mukarurangwa Beatha, one of resettled citizens told the press.
Gen Ngendahimana Jerome, Deputy Reserve Force Chief of Staff, told beneficiaries of these new houses that they have to take care of them because they are their permanent residences. “These houses are yours. Our responsibility as government was to construct them for you. Yours will be to look after them as you do for the rest of your treasures. If you wait for the government to sweep them, you are wrong. Do everything possible to keep them safe.”
Apart from houses, resettled people will benefit from infrastructures such as roads, electricity, water supply, health & educational facilities and the tea industrial block will provide jobs for them.
In addition, 140 cowsheds were built to accommodate cows that will be given to them through ‘Girinka’ program. The whole resettlements project has so far costed more than one billion and half Rwandan Francs while the cost per one house is 10.8 million Rwandan Francs.
Published on 8th February, 2017
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