Yashyizweho kuri 26 July, 2019 | 11:29

Gishubi: Ubudehe should not be included in public services provision

In Gishubi sector, people claim that categories of ubudehe are becoming the barrier of job opportunities and education scholarship chances. For them, the review in process should take this into consideration.

During the community outreach debate conducted by PAX PRESS in Gishubi sector, southern Province in July, citizens discussed about Ubudehe. They said “It is hard to obtain various jobs given to people by VUP (Vision 2020 Umurenge Program) due to the categories of ubudehe they have been given”. They suggested that ubudehe would be not connected with some government services.

Bisabukuri Jean Théogène one of the people from Nyakibungo cell Gishubi sector said. “We appreciate the program of ubudehe by the way it helps us improving our living conditions, but in order to provide all chances to everyone, ubudehe has to be excluded from public services. For instance, someone who is in third category (moderate riches), to get a VUP job is not possible, but for those in first category (poorest people), it is so easy and possible; because the government tell us that VUP opportunities are allowed to people of first category. This need to be changed and we all need those jobs.”

Gishubi citizens added that due to their poverty level, affording school fees of their children is always hard for them, as they mostly depend on Agricultural harvest which is not also enough to handle all household issues. Some wishes that all people of different categories should obtain equal chances on government scholarships. ” For us to pay fees of university for a child it is not easy. Because most of us here, we depend on Agriculture and we have no big farms to earn more income which can help us to pay the tuition fees. That is why I think ubudehe should be separated from education chances”. Added Karwera Janvière

In responding all stated problems about ubudehe, Renzaho the Executive Secretary of Gishubi Sector assured people, that the government has started the survey of evaluating and evolving the way of providing suitable categoriesof ubudehe. This is done by collecting information through approaching people in their local places so that they would provide their living condition information by themselves. The collected information all over the country will determine after discussion with other stakeholders categories to be put in place and conditions related to them.
Ubudehe is the longstanding culture and practice of Rwandans reestablished by the government to help in improving people’s standards of living and the development of Rwanda.

Actually people are classified in the categories of ubudehe basing on their living condition, how much they consume daily and how much they earn.

At the beginning in 2011-2014 there was 7 categories of ubudehe named: Abatindi nyakujya(extremely poorest people), abatindi (poorest people), abakene (poor people), abakene bifashije (middle poor people), abakungu ( middle rich people) and abakire (rich people).
Later in 2014 it has been changed to 4 categories named: first category (extreme poor, second category (poor), third (moderate riches) and fourth (high riches).
Today MINALOC and Civil Society are still in discussions to change these names and number of categories.

Shukuru Bernard

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