The Rwandan Collective of Leagues and Associations for the Defense of Human Rights (CLADHO) has trained the advisory of civil society on the implementation of economic budget for them to bridge the gap between local people and their leaders.
“The action plan based on the wishes and needs of local people brings about long lasting development in the country.” This was said by Alexis Nkurunziza a worker of CLADHO in the department of communications on economic budget during the training for the advisors of 12 sectors in Kamonyi district and people’s representatives.
In the 2days training that ended on the 16th.Jan.2012, Nkurunziza said that in presentations that CLADHO had with local people showed that a large number of people do not know that they should participate in the implementation of action plans and to follow on the actions that were achieved.
Lack of involvement in the make and implementation of action plans have already led to waste of a lot of governments money into projects that people don’t participate in. examples of such projects that were not participated in included the parking lot of Kicukiro built in Nyanza of which people do not use and Kirengeri market in Ruhango district which is not used as prior planned.
Nkurunziza reminded the sectors’’ advisors and all people’s representatives to bridge local people and their leaders and this will be done through the constant dialogues with local people to know what they need more urgently than others who will in turn inform the leaders of the priorities set to be put in action plan that will be funded by the economic budget.
The advisors of different sectors who attended this training sais that people who represent local people know very well that action plan of the district is based on people’s needs but limited by low financial capabilities of the district to fulfill all the needs, this is the reason action plans are prepared by technicians after which local people confirm it or deny it.
A pastor of ADEPR church who presented the civil society said that the reason to why local people don’t fully participate in the making and implementation of action plans is because their leaders do not encourage them to participate and reminded leaders to always remember that local people should be the center of the actions done for them.