October 18, 2019

Over 5,000 Bags of Cement Kept In Rubavu District Store Despite Homelessness


Heavy rain in march last year caused river Sebeya to break its banks, flooding several villages in Rubavu district. It is from this disaster that the cement was given to the district

In August last year, the Ministry of Defense delivered 5,078 bags of cement to Rubavu district meant to build homes for people who lost them during the deadly rainy season last year.

However, it has emerged that more than a year later, the bags are still in the district warehouse and nearly all the bags can no longer be used as the cement has been damaged.

The revelation about the stored cement came to light this Friday after an internal letter was leaked to the media.

Umuseke reports that Rubavu district has over 1,000 families who are homeless as a result of floods last year. Among this number also includes vulnerable people whom the district had promised to build home.

The revelation also emerges at a time when heavy rainy season is ongoing across the country. Floods and heavy storms have left hundreds with no place to call home in different regions.

As usual, Rubavu, neigbouring DR Congo, has not been spared. More people will be rendered homeless in addition to those already existing.

Rubavu district executive secretary Nzabonimana Deogratias denied claims that all the bags have been damaged, saying only about 700 have been lost.


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