Expedito Byensi, the Representative of Nyakabande Sub County, says although they are fully aware of the work of NGO targeting the revival of the livelihood of the Batwa, they didn’t discuss the land allocation.
There is bickering
between Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro district LC 5 chairperson and some councilors
Councilors accuse Bizimana
of allocating government land to Kisoro Concern for Marginalized People
Organization-KCMPO, a non-government organization operating in the district
without a council resolution.
Bizimana is said to
have given out the land found in Rukeri village in Gitenderi parish in
Nyarusiza Sub County to the NGO last year to construct accommodation facilities
for the Batwa in the sub county.
Councilors fault Bizimana
for allocating the land in disregard of the laid down guidelines.
Byensi, the Representative of Nyakabande Sub County, says although they are
fully aware of the work of NGO targeting the revival of the livelihood of the Batwa,
they didn’t discuss the land allocation.
Byensi says that they
were shocked to receive credible information that the NGO was given land to
construct accommodation facilities.
He wonders why Bizimana secretly gave out land
to the NGO without proper documentation.
Byensi also says that
as councilors they don’t know how many acres the NGO was allocated since it isn’t
surveyed and has no land title.
He says that Bizimana’s decision is an indication
of open dictatorship that cannot be tolerated.
Betty Tereraho, the Muramba
Sub County Female councilor, says they are not satisfied with the explanations
given by Bizimana to give unsurveyed land to KCMPO because he never presented
the matter to council for discussion.
She says Bizimana’s
decision is disrespectful to the council. Tereraho demands that the NGO be
evicted until proper procedures are followed, adding that they risk losing the
land since it has no title.
Amos Hakizimana, the Speaker
Kisoro District Council, says Bizimana should have consulted council for
guidance other than secretly giving out public land.
Hakizimans says to
avoid similar incidents in future; the district council has already resolved
never to allow any untitled government land to be allocated to an NGO or any
other investor for development.
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However, Bizimana accuses councilors
of sabotaging activities of the organization that is helping the marginalized
According to Bizimana, he was forced to give out land for
construction of accommodation facilities after considering the way Batwa sleep in the cold without houses.