Rwanda: Residents join Government combating fire outbreaks
Members of the Rwandan Parliament have raised concerns over fire outbreaks in the country and called on residents to be on the alert over circumstances that may result to more loss of lives and property.
The Deputy Speaker of parliament, Hon. Abbas Mukama, says that an investigation in the causes of fires should be done to clear the rumors about the causes of the recent fire outbreaks.
In the meantime, the Ministry of disaster Management and preparedness is working with the private sector federation to entice the business community to make contributions that will see the purchase more firefighting equipment.
In a press conference held on Friday July 18, 2014, the business community said that it would consider the possibilities since they are also beneficiaries to the project.
One of the Kigali businessmen, Bertin Makuza said “the agenda must be implemented but we need the collaboration of the leaders. Fires cannot be fought by the residents alone. We need to be pragmatic”.
Unexpected fire broke out and consumed four hectares of land in Gatsibo district, a calamity claimed to have been started by some children making fire in the forest; according to the Police on 14th July2012.
Two schools in Ruhango District, Southern Province, were in the same range of time, last year, ravaged by fires in two separate incidents. With the first case seen at Byimana School of Sciences, in Ruhango district which reduced a dormitory to ashes, destroying property worth millions was destroyed in the dormitory that housed 155 O-Level male students.
The other case was at College Bethel (also known as APARUDE – the Association des Parents de Ruhango pour la Promotion de l’Education) broke out destroying a dormitory and property including students’ bedding and scholastic materials.
The most recent cases this early July 2014 have been seen in Muhanga prison, Gisenyi prison (where at least five inmates died), Kigali commercial zone-‘Quartier Matteus’, Nyabugogo Taxi park, a factory owned Cristal Bottling Company in Bugesera among others.
In a related development, a taskforce composed of Rwanda National Police (RNP), Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA), Rwanda Housing Authority and the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) has been constituted to investigate possible causes.