Rwanda Housing Authority has asked districts and towns to classify village settlements so that they are used during the 4th general population and housing census to start on July 16th 2012.
Alexis Byiringiro, employee in Rwanda housing authority presented to Muhanga district Advisory committee the master plan of the this town, villages that should be in the town and settlements that should not be included in the town.
However, the master plan is not the final because the advisory committee of Muhanga has to study it and confirm if the village settlements are classified the way they should be.
This comes to life after Rwanda Housing Authority realized that some villages in districts are not yet defined to know if they belong to town part or in the village.
Byiringiro asserts that defining the villages is being done in connection with helping data collectors find the whole information during the census to base on while planning development for residents, towns and villages.
While studying the master plan of Muhanga town, the district advisory committee faced the problem of some villages that belong to the urban part when they qualify to be on the pre-urban part.
Muhanga district mayor, Yvonne Mutakwasuku confesses that some settlements are counted in town when they have no roads, electricity and water. She suggests that those villages should be put where the town will be expanded to.
Byiringiro explains that being in the urban part of the district does not mean residents are richer than those in pre-urban part of the area.