18 February 2013

Rwanda: Kigali City Unveils Development Policy

Kigali City has drafted out an elaborate policy that seeks to transform the city into a vibrant capital capable of delivering decent jobs with equitable growth and development and affordable homes.

Prepared within the context of Rwanda's long-term strategic vision 2020, the infrastructure policy is designed to promote increased employment and prosperity for all city dwellers.

The document, prepared by the City officials, highlights a broad range of development goals which include roads construction and rehabilitation among other priorities over the next five years.

It targets to have 85 per cent of roads tarmacked in the short term.

Officials said the actual implementation would be effected after a detailed action plan and budget specifying activities to be undertaken annually.

Only 24 per cent of the City dwellers take less than 20 minutes to get to a stage for public transport, while more than 70 per cent walk long distances to access public transport, officials said.

According to Norbert Kamana, the director of planning in Kigali City, they want the infrastructure to be put near the beneficiaries to avoid such long distances.

"This scenario translates to not only high transport cost, but also high transit time from one point of town to the other and increases the cost of living," he said.

Water sanitation at 100 per cent

Kamana said the city plans to increase access to water and sanitation to 100 per cent of the whole population.

Kigali currently faces water and sanitation challenges such as the lack of centralised sewerage system, unplanned housing and poor drainage system which at times causes flooding.

While expanding the urban look of the City, 1,744 hectares for affordable housing will be secured with 5,000 affordable housing units at five different locations.

The officials said this will mitigate the challenges the city is facing such as annual deficit supply of affordable housing units estimated at 30,000 units.

There is need for more developed commercial buildings, bus terminals and plazas, the officials say.

Mayor Fidel Ndayisaba said they will work as a team for the interest of city dwellers.

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