Rwanda to Spend Over Rwf200 Billion on Disaster Recovery

Rwanda plans to spend Rwf215 billion for disaster recovery, including repairing infrastructure such as roads, water and electricity, as well as resettling families whose houses were destroyed by disasters, according to Parliament.

Such amount represents over 4 per cent of more than Rwf5 trillion national budget for 2023/2024, which Parliament approved on June 27.

The budget was analysed by the lower house’s committee on national budget and patrimony.

While giving a presentation on the budget analysis report, the committee chairperson, MP Omar Munyaneza, said that the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Uzziel Ndagijimana, informed its members “a lot of funds” were allocated to dealing with the issue of disasters that hit the country on the night of May 2 and May 3.

This, he said, is the factor that underlie why some financing gaps that were facing some activities and projects were not addressed in the first half of upcoming fiscal year, which will begin on July 1.

After the disaster occurrence, Munyaneza said, the Government of Rwanda in partnership with the World Bank, carried out a study which showed that there was a need of Rwf629 billion for disaster prevention and recovery – a budget that is more than double the funds allocated to the country’s health sector in 2023/2024.

Of such amount, Munyaneza said, Rwf215 billion is planned for disaster recovery, of which Rwf132 billion is meant for the affected road, water and electricity infrastructures alone.

He indicated that the remaining amount – Rwf83 billion – will help in renovating damaged schools, health centre, and relocation of the residents whose houses were destroyed to safer places, including building new houses for them.