Last people to vacate Nyakatsi by December

The government has pushed until December the deadline for all Rwandans to get out of grass-thatched huts (nyakatsi), and start living in decent houses roofed with iron sheets.


Southern Province has the biggest number of families still living in nyakatsi. (file photo)

The more than Frw 6.5 billion nyakatsi-eradication program, that was originally planned to be completed last June, ran into unfore­seen implementation hitches that saw some 10,697 families still liv­ing in huts by September 30.

Government figures show that Southern Province has the biggest number of families still living in nyakatsi, totaling 6,691, followed by Western Province with 2,116 while Eastern Province still has 1,890 families in huts. Northern Province and Kigali City have since eradi­cated nyakatsi.

However, Augustin Kampayana, the chairman of the Rural Settle­ment Task Force in the ministry of local government, said that the target had achieved the level of 99.83%.

So, why was it not achieved 100%?  According to Kampayana when the program started, the government identified needy families and placed them in three categories:

Category “O” consists of the most vulnerable families that re­quired to be fully supported by the government. The second cate­gory, named “A,” comprises of families that have some resources of their own, but needed some support in the form of roofing materi­als like iron sheets and nails. The last category is “B,” made up of families with resources to build their own houses but who need­ed to be sensitized to embrace modern housing.

Following resolutions of the 8th National Dialogue held on December 21, 2010 which gave directives on the eradication of nyakatsi, the government moved to help families in the first and second categories.

A joint task force compris­ing MINALOC, MINADEF and MININTER officials was set up to implement the project. It in­volved the Army, Police and the local population who combined their effort through umuganda. Indeed, by June 30 all beneficia­ries in categories O and A were living in their new houses, Kam­payana said.

However by that time, those in category B remained in their grass-thatched huts with some claiming that they had been wrongly categorized as people who had the means to build their own houses.

The government has since organized another screen­ing exercise and has come up with another category called “B-1” that would also be given government support to en­sure that by December 30, no Rwandan family will be living in nyakatsi.

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