By David Himbara
The government of President Paul Kagame’s increased piped water connections from 110,000 to 219,185 in seven years. Of 219,185 connections, 208,863 are households.
This is how Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) explains this miserable record: the number of connected water customers “increased by 6.8% from 205,187 recorded at the end of 2017 to 219,185 customers recorded as of March 2018.”
As just noted, of the 219,185 connected water customers, 208,863 are households. And, 47% of the water connections are located in “the City of Kigali while 53% of them are distributed in the provinces.”
Rwanda has 2.4 Million households, which therefore means that only 8.7% (208,863) households are connected to the piped water system. Kagame’s propagandists would have you believe that he is a visionary transformative leader. Ask the 91.3% of the Rwandan people who drink the dirty, muddy and brown water of River Nyabarongo and the rest of the country’s polluted water systems. Shame!