The agency charged with managing all government-owned buildings across Rwanda has also come clean – following The Chronicles’ report that highlighted the issue last week.
In our story “As Gov’t Seek to End Rent Dependence, There are No Records for Buildings it Owns“, (READ HERE), Rwanda Housing Authority Director-General Eric Serubibi (Left in photo), ignored our request for numbers.
Despite asking if we could allow him time to find the numbers, he affirmed they were unavailable.
This Thursday, he personally contacted us with the same numbers.
According to a table he sent to us, the government of Rwanda owns 7,539 buildings.
The biggest number is in the northern province – home to 2,257 buildings. For the southern, there are 1,676. And in the western region, 1,547 structures are owned by the state.
The eastern province has 1,680 buildings. Surprisingly, the capital Kigali has the least number at 379 buildings.
In our investigation, we reported that government spent Rwf 4billion on renting in 2010. The rate has been growing rapidly annually.
Serubibi says they are trying to tackle it. “To end rent dependence the Government of Rwanda is in a process to acquire three buildings with approx 56,000 square meters this year,” he said.
They also have new structures under construction like the Chinese-funded new prime minister’s office. It will be home to several ministries.
Old blocks will be rehabilitated and expanded. Some dilapidated structures will be handed to private developers.
“We will give the land plots containing old buildings to private sector and involve them to develop the given lands in alignment with the master plans,” said Serubibi.