Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda: A New Campaign to Improve Cleanliness in Kigali City

Severe fines will be imposed on anyone scattering waste or dirtying the city of Kigali, Fidel Ndayisaba, the mayor of the city has warned.

The fines will also be extended to shop and bar owners whose surroundings will appear to be dirty as well as to motorcyclists who don't provide smart cover head to their passengers, the mayor said.

Ndayisaba announced the strict penalties yesterday while launching a new three-month hygienic campaign in the city themed "Keep Kigali Clean and Green."

The campaign was initiated by Kigali City Council in partnership with the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) through the Institutional Support Program to the Conception and Implementation of a Strategic Health Development Plan of Kigali.

"We achieved a lot over the years, but we still need to intensify efforts so that we can ensure sustainable cleanliness of the city," the mayor told Kigali residents during the launch.

The battle also targets those who still drop empty bottles of water around the city, packages of some items and waste dropped into gutters among others, he explained.

"We should all feel proud to keep Kigali clean and green," the mayor said.

The campaign will also focus on sensitizing citizens about regulations put in place by the city authorities so that even aliens are aware of the cleanliness directives in the city. In this context, the mayor said CDs containing such messages will be distributed among drivers working with public transport to inform people coming in the city.

Kigali authorities have been imposing fines ranging from Frw10,000 to one million against whoever violates cleanliness of the city.

For example, anyone found guilty of damaging a palm tree lining the roads in the city is fined with Frw one million.

For the city officials, the idea behind the campaign is to sustain the beauty and the cleanliness of the city; which they say has been attracting people from all over the world for study tours. Kigali was the first African city to be granted the Habitat Scroll of Honor Awardin 2008 due to efforts to keep the city green, banning polythene bags and progressive settlement policies among others.

Emmanuel Gasana, the Inspector General of Police, who was at the launch of the campaign, pledged the participation of the National Police to ensure that the regulations are respected.

"The National Police is ready to collaborate with you in the move to keep the city clean," he promised the city authorities.

The chief of police also said they will award in January of next year the first sector of the city that will excel in sustaining the cleanliness of the city.

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