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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:27/10/2020

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A report of the survey conducted in six districts has shed light on the issues in the land expropriation process with a whopping 60 percent of the respondents defining the processes, especially in valuation, as ‘unfair’.

Expropriation is done by the State in order to pave the way for public interest projects such as roads, energy projects and other public infrastructure projects. 

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru (Club de la Presse) talk show of this Sunday 25-10-2020 broadcasted in synergy by ten radio stations across the country and a Television (TV Isango star) focused on “Enforcement of expropriation law for public interest activities”

The invitees:

  1. DUSENGIYUMVA Samuel/PS MINALOC
  2. KARAMAGE Seth/SRAJ
  3. MUKARUKUNDO 0dette/TIR

The invitee from MINALOC said that the issue of expropriation of people to the public interest is still a problem where there delayed payments of expropriated citizens, and that it is against the law, as the law stipulates that the approved fair compensation shall be paid within a period not exceeding 120 days from the day of its approval,  the same law provides that this should be done with consent between both parties and failure to compensate the citizens in three months after the initial land valuation results to payment of 5% penalties on the agreed cost of land.

It states that if fair compensation is not paid within such a period, expropriation shall become null and void unless otherwise agreed upon between the expropriator and the person to be expropriated.

He said that some people are late in paying due to lack of land documents and others who give wrong account numbers.

Transparency International  said that it has been injustice where expropriated people who have been waiting for more than 8 years to be paid, and there are times when they are paid at prices that are no longer related to the value of money due to their late payment.

Seth Karamage, the Resident Country Director of the Strengthening Rwandan Administrative Justice said that although there has been an important substantive reform including a new expropriation law in 2015, a number of challenges remains. According to a survey, about 93% of the population is relocated without any involvement in their property, and there is a problem with properties demolished by road construction machines while they are not counted for expropriation and no one is responsible for these damages.   

The audience participated in the talk show via phone calls, SMS and vox pops.   Citizens were mostly complaining over delayed compensations

One of citizens from Nyabihu District raised his question about his property was expropriated in 2016 and he is not yet paid.

The two residents, Innocent Bwanakweli, and Pierre Rukebesha, are owed over Rwf6 million in total

"Our property was valued, a list made out, and the amount of money that we would receive was established, but we have waited for the money in vain," Bwanakweli said.

"We were promised compensation on multiple occasions by Rwanda Energy Group, but deadlines were missed several times," he said, adding that local leaders, and the Ombudsman, were aware of their case.

The conclusion of the talk show was that the expropriation process must comply with the law, and institutions in charge should try their best to correct all revealed mistakes.

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