Senate President, NTAWUKULIRYAYO Jean Damascène addressing the gathering after the exercise
MPs and parliamentary staff on Saturday 10 December 2011 joined other government and private Organizations in an “Umuganda” organised in a bid to combat soil erosion on the hilly area commonly known as “Mont Kigali” located in Kiruhura Village, Nyabugogo Cell of Kigali Sector. The Police and the Army lent hand in the activity.
Following recent torrential rain which caused massive landslides and floods in that area, the Saturday’s campaign intended to sweep debris caused by the mudslide and flood. The community work also was about upgrading damaged anti-erosive ditches and constructing more others so as to protect the landscape and inhabitants as well.
Addressing the gathering after the activity, the Senate President Jean Damascène NTAWUKURIRYAYO first of all congratulated all people who attended the activity especially the Army for their commendable work as they have began the same exercise long before.
He took the same opportunity to remind the role of each and every Rwandan in “Umuganda” as one of Government development programmes for better future.
He urged Kigali City authorities to organize further community work to be held at the same place in a bid to get rid of erosion in that area for good.
The residents were urged to put more efforts in environmental protection and hygiene by fighting erosion. They were as well encouraged to embrace family planning measures as a better way to achieve sustainable welfare for upcoming generations.
Both Kigali City Mayor and Nyarugenge Mayor warned the population against illegal settlement on Mont Kigali. They cautioned them that any house that will be built there shall be demolished without compensation and residents failing to report offenders to the authorities over such illegal construction will incur penalties.