Rwanda: Govt Institutions Dispute Belgian Firm's Shoddy Construction Work


Elastic house help

The Pirons did not show us inside the quarters for the house help, claiming that they did not have the keys.

But on a second visit, without the Pirons but with somebody who could show us these quarters, we found out that the house-help in any of the 52 houses is supposed to sleep in a space that is smaller than a dog kennel. So the poor man or woman will have to spend nights curled up like a fetus.

That however is not the end of the house-help's tribulations. The bathrooms of the house-help are, in the words of one HBR employee, out of this world. It is a tiny space with a toilet bowl and the shower fawcett hangs directly over the bowl so that if the poor man or woman wants to shower they have to stand balanced on the bowl with the toilet, in addition to its normal purposes, serving as a water drain.

Rwanda: Govt Institutions Dispute Belgian Firm's Shoddy Construction Work - HBR and SSFR became clients of Thomas & Piron last year when the two institutions signed a contract with the Belgian company for the latter to build 234 houses at Kagugu in four phases. [AA Construction]