By the end of the current financial year in June, the City of Kigali will have spent nearly threefold the amount spent in the previous year, figures from the city show.
Mayor Marie-Chantal Rwakazina and her team at City Hall are managing a budget of Rwf 54,169,423,651, compared to Rwf 19,103,614,867 the year before.
The increase shows a 283% rise in spending.
The numbers were provided by the Mayor following her exclusive interview with The Chronicles. (Read: Why Is Government Restructuring Kigali And What Will Change)
Rwakazina, who took over in May last year, revealed that 80% of the budget is allocated to infrastructure.
Figures available also show more than 80 percent of the roads in Kigali need paving – a huge challenge for the Mayor and the Central Government. Just about 17.8% are paved.
The Mayor also said that she came to office as the City was preparing the current budget.
Asked how much exactly her budget is, Rwakazina said: “Our budget varies very much because of the transfer that is being done by the Central Government for implementing some infrastructure at different times. We can have Rwf 20 billion budget this year because we are implementing a project and the following year we have less. What does not change much is that eighty percent of our budget is [consumed by] infrastructure. It [also] depends on national priorities and national transfers.”
A large portion of the budget comes from the Central Government, and another portion also from the three districts making up the City of Kigali – which submit 30% of their tax revenue to City Hall.
For the coming year, the budget spending will likely grow again if a draft law that moves major roles of the districts to City Hall, succeeds.
Currently, Kigali’s population stands at 1,630,657 – with Gasabo district being the most populated at 898,764, followed by Kicukiro 413,355, and Nyarugenge with 318,538.
Other key stats about Kigali:
- Labour force participation rate: 65.6%
- Employment to population ratio: 53.3%
- Unemployment rate: 18.7%