Rwanda Mulls Extension of Deadline to Rid Country of Asbestos Roofing

By Eugene Kwibuka

The Government is considering moving ahead the deadline to eradicate asbestos roofing materials on public and private buildings across the country, The New Times has learned.

The dangerous roofing material was scheduled to be cleared and disposed of by the end of 2016, but officials now say financial constraints have affected the plan.

Gisele Ihozo, coordinator the asbestos eradication project at Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA), said things have since changed and that it looks like the deadline to get rid of asbestos by the end of the year will be difficult to fulfil.