Governance Month to address citizens’ concern
The Ministry of Local Government has called on local leaders to pay key attention the needs of residents and find solutions to community problems during the next three months dedicated to governance.
During the campaign period, which kicked off on January 13, the Ministry of Local Government (Minaloc) says that the focus will be on leader-citizen discussions aimed at seeking lasting solutions to community problems and engage residents in dialogue with their leaders.
Vincent Munyeshyaka, the Permanent Secretary of Minaloc said that the participation of citizens in policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation is vital in attaining the community development programs.
The Deputy CEO OF Rwanda Governance Board Felicien Usengumukiza also noted that the activities underlined during the campaign will enable citizens hold leaders accountable and bring on board various contributions from key development partners.
During the 11th National Dialogue Council (NDC) in December, 2013, President Paul Kagame insisted that Rwandan leaders should move from lip service and put into action every decision made at any of the leadership levels, and subsequently cut down on number of meetings, which he said cause delays in service delivery and attaining the development goals.
Kagame also said that serious action should be taken on fighting corruption, especially on leaders who abuse and embezzle government funds. He noted that if Rwanda doesn’t take action on corruption, it will impede the country’s economic development and disrupt peace and security in a way.
“If we don’t take action, it (corruption) will have an impact on the economy and security; even if we have a good ranking on the global level. These rankings should add energy to us, to act, instead of discouraging us.” He said.
According to the UN report on Rwanda, the state of Governance in Rwanda is steadily improving, according to the Rwanda Governance Scored Card (RGS) launched 30 July, 2013 in Kigali. The RGS showed significant improvements in areas of rule of law, participation, political rights and civil liberties. Safety and security indicator ranks best with 91.36% and quality of service delivery ranks last though it has registered an improvement of 4.23%.
The One UN-Rwanda has also promised to continue to support governance related assessments through a new US$ 12 million Democratic Governance programme in the next five years of the life of the UN Development Assistant Plan (UNDAP 2013-18).
During the launch of the 2012 RGS, the UN Resident Coordinator Lamin M. Manneh noted that “these very positive achievements Rwanda has registered in good governance may at times be taken for granted, particularly by those who may not be familiar with the country’s history.
“Coming from where it did about two decades ago”, he said, “ these achievements are no doubt the results of not only strong and committed leadership and hard work, but also of the courage and willingness to take very innovative approaches to the attainment of the ideals of good governance”.