Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

12 February 2013

Rwanda: Huye Is Lagging Behind - Habumuremyi

Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has said that, considering Huye district's history and how it was developing in the past years, it shouldn't be where it is now. He made the admonishment while meeting Huye districts officials, development partners from public and private institutions, and different opinion leaders from the district and beyond. The meeting was aimed at discussing Huye city's development.

"Huye was known as the second developed city after Kigali. But now it's no longer the case because cities like Musanze, Muhanga and Rusizi are developing faster and are well ahead of Huye," Habumuremyi said, adding that while Huye citizens' commitment to developing their city is commendable, a lot more needs to be done.

"The problem is that you keep on praising what you have achieved. When you want to progress, you don't praise your achievements but assess what is missing to be more successful," the Premier said. He therefore requested Huye city development stakeholders to analyze why the district is lagging behind while other cities in the country are rapidly growing.

Among main developmental elements missing in Huye city are the fact that it has no hotels with more than 2 stars, while it receives many international visitors especially researchers and lecturers who come to the National University of Rwanda. In addition, Huye has no industry, and there is no taxi park though it is, after the north, the country's most visited city.

"The city hosts so many entrepreneurs who together can help foster its development. The taxi park plans have been pending for three years; we need to see increased investment, especially from local businesses," Habumuremyi observed.

According to the Mayor of Huye district, Eugene Muzuka, the district has a total population of 328,605 with over 110,000 living in Huye city. "We acknowledge that the pace at which our historically recognized city is growing is not commendable at all,' the mayor admitted.

After meeting the PM, investors from the district and other development partners vowed to enhance their developmental activities in the city. "We have an association of Huye-born Kigali-based business owners, we want to make them invest in their district and also encourage investments from other partners," said Credo Rutayisire, the vice president of Huye Investors Association.

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