As He Returns From Rwanda… Local Gov’t Minister Determined


By Ayodele Deen Cole

The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Maya Moiwo Kaikai, has commended the governance system in the Republic of Rwanda, especially in the area of decentralization.

The Minister and his delegation were recently in Rwanda on a study tour of Rwanda’s Decentralisation Policy and other areas. According to him, “they were lectured in the area of decentralisation system of governance.”  He added that they had received free consultancy in Rwanda and that they were sure things won’t be the same upon returning to their country. He continued that Rwanda and Sierra Leone share almost a similar history of wars and instability. “It was sad seeing what happened to that country 22 years ago. I could not believe what I saw at the Kigali Genocide site. It’s very devastating that Africans turned against their brothers and sisters. However, good leadership has made it history and Rwanda today is on the right direction towards accountable leadership,” he said. Another member of the delegation, the Director Decentralisation Secretariat, Alhassan Joseph Kanu, said Rwanda situation is a lesson to not only Sierra Leone but to the rest of the world.  He noted that a country that was tore apart by the aberrant ideology of the genocide, today boasts of good governance as a milestone achievement.-