Kicukiro Traders Still Waiting for Promised Market 

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Mukunde Angelique, the vice mayor in charge of Social Affairs of the Kicukiro District.

In 2012, Kicukiro district authorities demolished roadside stalls and kiosks but promised that in only eight months they would build a modern market where traders in the area would conduct their business.
The traders have since been waiting and the new market project has never kicked off. Mukunde Angelique, the vice mayor in charge of Social Affairs of the Kicukiro District told this website that in 2013, “we realized the investor who won the tender did not have capacity to deliver.”
“He had no enough money so he decided to take a loan and offer the land as collateral to the bank.” She said adding that “He later decided to surrender and the land was given back to the district.”
“We are still looking for more ways to get the market built meanwhile the land is still in the hands of the district as we wait to announce the tender,” Mukunde added.
Meanwhile, Kicukiro residents have expressed concern over high fees for hygiene and security. They are allegedly charged between Rwf 9000 for hygiene once a week and Rwf4000 which they assume is a lot of money.

However, Mukunde clarified that residents should understand their rights but also inform authorities of their daily challenges because at times leaders don’t know what hard times they are facing.
“I personally live in Niboye and we pay 3750 for hygiene, if there is anyone who pays more than that they should present to us the receipts and we follow up that issue,” she said.

Beyond all the complaints of heavy payments, Kicukiro tops the most dirty districts.  It’s also the second after Huye having early childhood pregnancies according to research by Rwandan Collective of Leagues and Associations for the Defense of Human Rights (CLADHO).
Mukunde said that all these issues are being tackled and expects Kicukiro district to take back its first position. “I surely agree last year we declined in the evaluation report of Imihigo

 

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