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The East African : Dec 5th 2015
The EastAfrican MAGAZINE DECEMBER 5-11,2015 VII A manicured road in the city. Kigali is known for being one of the greenest in Africa. Picture: Cyril Ndegeya ‘‘ s and beauty is also a big tourism sector and as chief er at Rwanda Development Kariza puts it, “This is bafirmation of what people w and that is quite a good e sector. The beauty is a use there is so much more do while in Rwanda. You national parks, enjoy culs with museums visits, enactivities such as the Tour race car driving and kayKigali is a small city, we sitors to take advantage of the rest of the country and he city. It takes as short a k to savour the richness s to offer.” ek a of development and qualhe residents, Patrick Manru surburb says, “It’s such ience. For a city to thrive, accessible nomic zones and security, gamut of garbage bins, improvements th visible progress across re important. The leaders an immense development we may not have as much other prestigious cities in Africa.” Kigali City Council is in talks with investors to build cost-effective apartments and residential housing around the city to make it “liveable.” With a master plan already being implemented, the Kigali City Council definitely has what it takes when it comes to making a name for itself as Vision 2020 approaches. Francine Mukashyaka, a resident of Kimihurura suburb, says, “It is encouraging that the city is considered one of the most beautiful on the continent and I am glad that I contribute to this through the Umuganda once a month and by my daily job that helps pay taxes.” Umuganda is a day dedicated to cleaning up neighbourhoods and all citizens are expected to participate. The residents of Kigali will be the first to confess that development comes at a price. There are certain decisions that are taken to improve the city that at first appear unfavourable to the citizens, but in the long run they are worth the suffering. “At first, people used to complain about being forced to move from their homes as neighbourhoods were rezoned for development such as the construction of social amenities and The residents of Kigali will be the first to confess that development comes at a price.” The main KN 3 Road from the town centre to the airport. Left: A manicured lawn in the central business district. Picture: Cyril Ndegeya challenge Although Kigali is well known for its open green fields, palm trees, manicured lawns and fences and ample solarpowered street lighting, neatly marked roads complete with black and white paved sidewalks, a constant menace to the city is the lack of a proper centralised sewerage system. business hubs around the city, but when they were compensated for resettlement and paved the way for the new zones, the results now speak for themselves,” said Mr Manzi. What is most striking too about this city is the absence of or minimal presence of chaotic street vendors. This is a common sight in many African cities, where street vendors, most of them operating illegally, swarm public spaces with all sorts of wares, most times fakes. One meticulous border procedure in Rwanda is the search and stripping of polythene bags of any sort. This is done at the airport and at the border entry points. Polythene bags, a source of unsightly garbage in East Africa, are banned in Rwanda. Above all good things about Kigali, the people are friendly, charming and courteous to visitors. Visitors will be greeted with “waramutse” (good morning), “wiriwe” (good afternoon), or “uramuke” (sleep tight).
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