The New Times (Kigali)

25 February 2013

Rwanda: Gasabo Residents Get Clean Water

Gasabo district has unveiled a clean water project for residents of Nduba sector, worth Rwf46 million, as a part of the ongoing activities under the Good Governance Month.

It also inaugurated classrooms, a savings and credit scheme (Sacco) and roads, which were constructed by residents and local authorities.

Poor residents also received cows under the One Cow per Poor Family (Girinka) programme to fight poverty and malnutrition in Nduba sector.

Gasabo vice mayor in-charge of economic affairs Jean Claude Munara said it was a pleasure to extend water to Nduba residents.

"We recognise all hardship you went through in previous years; we are negotiating with EWSA [water and energy utility] to extend more water so you can get more of it for free," Munara said.

Residents happy

Maria Mukamurera, a resident, told The New Times that previously they had to walk for more than three kilometres to reach the nearest water source. Even then, she said, they would have to queue for long at the water source.

"We are proud of our local leaders who brought water near us, we do not know how to thank our President for all he has done for us, and we never thought that we could get clean water," she said.

"It was like a dream. Since I was born, we used to consume contaminated water from wells and rivers, which made us suffer from waterborne diseases," Sylverien Ntahomvukiye, another resident, said.

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