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19.03.2017 00:00 Category: MINALOC News


March 19, 2017

The Minister of Local Government, Kaboneka Francis, has urged all local government leaders to strive to deliver and to serve Rwandans for sustainable development.

The remarks were made today during the closing ceremonies of a three-day local government retreat held at Golden Tulip Hotel in Nyamata, Bugesera district, from 17th to 19th March 2017, where participants deliberated the theme; “A citizen-centered local government Rwanda wants”.

The retreat, which was chaired by the Minister of Local Government, Francis Kaboneka, brought together about 350 participants from senior positions in local government. They included all governors of provinces and their executive secretaries, Kigali City and all districts executive committee and council’s bureau members, heads of council commissions, executive secretaries of districts and corporate services division managers.

This maiden retreat came one year after local elections of February 2016. The main objective was to reflect on the achievements, challenges and gaps and to forge the actionable transformational way forward and policy actions.

The Rwandan civil society representative, Rwibasira Eugene, lectured the participants on transformational leadership and local governance.

“The biggest challenge we have today, is that; we all want change, but we don’t want to change ourselves. The change we want should be now and not tomorrow”, Rwibasira said.

The message was echoed by all participants who resolved to change their way of doing things, and committed to do things differently, from now onward.

The participants took twenty one resolutions and policy actions which emphasized the need for change for citizen-centered governance and delivery. They also committed to transparency and accountability, proper planning and execution of various government programs, especially community development projects.

Nshimiyimana Vedaste, the executive secretary of Huye district, who read the final communiqué on behalf of the participants, said that; it is high time for all leaders to be held accountable for their actions.

He said; “we resolved to strive to deliver and to avoid repeating the same mistakes that have been committed in the past and for which advices and warnings were given to the concerned leaders; and we agreed to be held accountable where need be if leaders don’t deliver”.

On a high note, the retreat noted the crucial importance of timely decision making, coordination and communication in delivery, as well as involvement of all stakeholders and citizens before and during the project cycle of social and economic programs.

Minister Kaboneka appealed to local leaders to be responsible and to act responsibly.

“You are responsible and you have a mandate. Involve stakeholders, consult them, listen to them, coordinate them and, finally, take a responsible decision as a leader”, he said.

He also urged them to be responsive to the citizens and to resolve all citizens’ complaints in due time.

“While performing your duties and responsibilities, only your actions and your delivery shall either judge or protect you and nothing else”, Kaboneka said.

“Legacy and delivery are better judges for a leader”, he added.

Minister Kaboneka revealed that; such a retreat shall be held every year. He also revealed that; the Ministry shall conduct an induction course for all sector executive secretaries from March 28th, and he urged districts to do the same for all cell executive secretaries.