By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU,
Nyaruguru district is one of the mountainous districts in Rwanda.
Natives of this district can testify to its past that has been marked by demeaning names that people from other parts of the country were calling them due to the lack of development infrastructures such as roads and poverty.
As the Prime Minister of Rwanda Dr. Edouard Ngirente joined the people of Nyaruguru District to celebrate the 28th anniversary of Rwanda Liberation on the 4th July 2022, Ms. Martha Ntakirutimana, a resident of Nyaruguru District, testified that the people of Nyaruguru district have been considered the poorest of the poor until the Rwanda Patriotic Front took power and decided to change that narrative that have played a role in keeping the area in poverty.
Ms. Ntakirutimana in her own words told PM Ngirente: “Hon. Prime Minister, we used to hear about tarmac road and believed that such roads are only accessible for those who live in Kigali, and those who could go to Kigali came and told us about tarmac road that we felt it was impossible, but Now the road had reached Nyaruguru District, …”
“There is a lot to be thankful for, like me at home I have access to clean water and electricity. There are a lot of people with clean water and Electricity in the district and we believe that actions are clear today” Ms. Ntakirutimana Said.
In fact, what the citizen told the Prime Minister is obvious to anyone who has ever traveled to Nyaruguru District 10 years ago.
On July 4, 2022, the Prime Minister of Rwanda Dr. Edouard Ngirente, accompanied by other Government Ministers joined the people of Nyaruguru District in celebrating the 28th anniversary of the Liberation of Rwanda and inaugurated a variety of infrastructures that will take them to another step, of which, PM Ngirente said, is a continuous step.
On behalf of President Paul Kagame, Prime Minister Ngirente officially inaugurated the long awaited Munini District Hospital, the 66 km tarmac Road connecting Nyaruguru District and Huye District, the IDP Model village, which houses 48 needy families, the ECD Center, Renovated Classrooms at GS Munini, a social welfare project that will help the community among others.
In his speech, Prime Minister Ngirente said: “On behalf of His Excellency the President of the Republic, I am pleased to join you, the people of Nyaruguru District and all of you who have gathered here on the occasion of the celebration of the 28th Anniversary of Rwanda’s Liberation Day”
He added that “July 4 is a day that truly has a great significance in the history of our country Rwanda. Today is a day to celebrate the great and exciting milestone we have achieved after 28 years of Rwanda’s liberation.”
PM Ngirente reminded the citizens of Nyaruguru District that they can’t reach desired development without security and the visionary leadership that is always concerned with the development of the people.
“We all know that this development cannot be achieved without security. So, I would like to thank you for your cooperation with the Armed Forces of our country in maintaining the security and sovereignty of our country.” PM Ngirente said.
According to the statistics from the Rwanda Ministry of Defense which has played a crucial role in the construction of the inaugurated development projects, the residential houses which are part of the IDP Model village has cost over Rwf 3.7 billion, the renovation and upgrading the GS Munini as well as the construction of ECD Centre both cost over Rwf 5.3 billion, over Rwf 2.3 billion for welfare facilities while other activities such as water supply, access roads, electrical supply, expropriations and furniture cost over Rwf 4,1 billion. In total, the Munini IDP Model village cost is Rwf 15,748,591,903.
As a side development activity, the cost of the inaugurated Huye-Nyaruguru Road has so far counted at over Rwf 98 billion, according to the district Mayor.530