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Districts Poor Performance Blamed on Corruption

by Jean de la Croix Tabaro
1:58 pm
President Paul Kagame presents trophy to Gasabo district Mayor

President Paul Kagame(r) presents trophy to Gasabo district Mayor

Corruption and lack of collaboration among institutions have been cited as major factors contributing to poor service delivery in the thirty districts of the country.

Prime Minister Anastaze Murekezi said; “We have identified four reasons why districts are failing.” He was presenting annual performance results of districts at the Kigali Convention center.

“Corruption is more serious in some districts; they play around the investors that are building important infrastructure in the region. They compete to get more bribes until investors get stranded,” said Murekezi.

The Prime minister said; “there is failure to collaborate with district partners and for example in Kicukiro district there are misunderstandings between executive committee and district council.”

According to the performance results, Gasabo district emerged as the best performing with a total score of 81.6%. Gasabo district has tremendously improved from 6th position last year and 28th position three years ago.

Gicumbi District is in the second position with 80.3% score while Huye is in the third position with 78.98% score. Last year Huye district was in the first position.

Musanze district emerged as the last with 70.37% while Rutsiro district is the second last with 70.87% and Nyagatare district scored 70.92%.

In February, Rwanda organized local leaders’ elections including mayors and their two deputies.

Only two mayors managed to conclude two previous five year mandates. In other districts, mayors resigned following several shortfalls including corruption, embezzlement.