Talks Between CoK Officials, Slum Residents Hit Deadlock

By: James Karuhanga

City of Kigali authorities on Tuesday held a lengthy meeting with home-owners in Kigali’s largest unplanned settlement – Kangondo I, Kangondo II and Kibiraro I zones of Nyarutarama – to chart the way forward regarding their relocation and the envisioned redevelopment of the area.

During the meeting, Kigali City Mayor Pascal Nyamulinda, accompanied by Stephen Rwamulangwa, the Mayor of Gasabo District, among others, laboured to convince residents that their properties will be fairly valued and people offered better houses in a better place in Kicukiro District, to no avail.

Residents are averse to the idea of being given homes in Kicukiro’s Busanza neighborhood. They told authorities that they prefer monetary compensation so they can make their own choices.