Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

7 December 2013

Rwanda: Kagame Castigates Karongi Officials Over Poor Service Delivery

President Paul Kagame yesterday called upon officials in Gatsibo district to improve service delivery after a local resident complained over unnecessary delays in the lands office of the Western Province district.

Ambrose Ruboneza, the Mayor of Gatsibo, failed to give convincing explanations for the poor service delivery, something which prompted the President to criticize the district officials for persistent problems.

"What is wrong with Gatsibo district, it has been mentioned several times," President Kagame asked.

It is not only Karongi officials who were put to task to explain inefficiency. Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA), which was split into two separate companies this year, was also tasked to explain the blanket subsidisation of electricity tariffs.

The President said that the new electricity tariffs were too high and proposed that people pay according to how they consume, adding that the rich can pay more.

Finance Minister Claver Gatete, outlined Rwanda's strategy to enable Rwanda to achieve self-reliance.

Gatete admitted that complete independence from foreign donations will take a while longer, and that the process is being hindered by lack of significant innovations, low exports, a dependency complex among the population, and inadequate tax collection methods among others.

The 13th National Dialogue started with a one minute moment of silence in honor of the departed former South African President Nelson Mandela.

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