The historically marginalized people in Gakenke district on May 14th 2013 received the promised radios and cell phones from the ministry of local government in Rwanda.
The fulfilled promise was made by the minister of Local government when the historically marginalized group was attending Itorero in Nkumba last year 2012.
This came as a result of showing their need to communicate with others and stay updated on what is happening in the country.
Handing them to the beneficiaries, MINALOC representative; Aulerie Sindikubwabo explained that the marginalized people showed lack of communication facilities and information on government programs during the minister’s visit to Itorero in Nkumba 2012.
Sindikubwabo highlights: “When the minister visited and got to know of their need, he promised radios and telephones as a way of promoting good governance.”
She added that whoever attended 2012 itorero in Nkumba received a telephone and radio as it was promised.
Ananie Munyemana, one of the beneficiaries denotes “This mobile telephone will help me in my daily work and communicating with my customers.”
Anastase Uwizeyimana added: “I had no radio but have got one. This telephone will assist me to report crimes and suspected criminals to the concerned authorities.”
Comparing to the time before 1994 Tutsi genocide, the lives of the historically marginalized have greatly improved due to government’s efforts to improve its residents’ social welfare.
Historically marginalized like other residents no longer live in grass thatched houses (Nyakatsi), have got cows through Girinka program and are sensitized to form cooperatives to access financial help and develop.