EYEAFRICA TV: Kigali, Rwanda: Transparency International Rwanda today produced a mapping and analysis report on the effects of the Vision 2020 Umurenge program that showed a 73.7% corruption perception rate in how the selection and approval of VUP beneficiaries are done.
The research that was conducted in 30 districts shows that despite the positive contribution to the increasing trend of the socio-economic wellbeing of Rwandans and existing policies for better implementation, the Vision 2020 Umurenge program is still experiencing a number of issues such as beneficiaries who lost their property that has not been compensated and low level of project beneficiary awareness on expropriation procedures.
“We just saw people coming without telling us, we had a small road. They expanded it. They told me to tear down my house I had built where I was staying with my wife and six children. I now live in a small house. The foremen told us that we shall be compensated, we have been waiting for two years but up to now, they haven’t said anything,” said NTIBABAZA ELIA.
“In 2019, we saw people bringing rods and measuring the road, and then others came and started building without telling us. Our houses remained exposed and in high-risk areas. They never compensated us, they didn’t even bother conducting a meeting to tell us about anything. We tried to ask them, they said they were bringing development to us, and said we can’t refuse development, you take it as it comes,” said NGIRABANZI AMON.
The citizen’s satisfaction survey report revealed 95% of the citizens were not aware of any expropriation procedures on rehabilitated roads in the area, 92.4% confirmed not being involved in the selection of traced roads and 86.5% stated dissatisfaction with explanations received from the implementing institution about their damaged property.
Transparency International calls upon policy reforms on how to fairly implement the vision 2020 Umurenge programs, especially when developing roads.
State minister Ignatienne Nyirarukundo told RBA that they are working to follow up on the issues raised by these people who were affected.
“We are going to look at the issues one by one because as you heard, the challenges aren’t the same. There are some people whose property was surveyed and equated, there are some whose property wasn’t, and some surveys were delayed as well. So we are going to see which issue each one has and solve them independently,” said State minister Ignatienne Nyirarukundo.
Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) – is an Integrated Local Development Program to Accelerate Poverty Eradication, Rural Growth, and Social Protection. It started in 2008 and has significantly decreased extreme poverty levels in Rwanda from 40% in 2001 to 16% by 2016/2017.