Rwanda | Nyaruguru district: Muganza residents raise Rwf 5 million in Agaciro Development Fund
It was a between 500 and 600 people euphoric crowd that gathered at the Muganza sectorâ€™s premises in Nyaruguru district, Southern Rwanda, to contribute a total of Rwf 5,905,430 (about 9,850$) to the Agaciro Development Fund (AgDF) on Wednesday.
One by one, in a four hoursâ€™ exercise (from noon to 4 PM local time), nearly each of the crowd freely came forward and made their pledges within a few minutesâ€™ speech.
Rwf 188,300 â€“ that is about 310$ âˆ’ was donated in cash. The remainder of the money was offered through pledges and the contributorsâ€™ full identity details were provided for the sectorâ€™s leadership to follow up with the pledges afterwards.
And at the end of the event, Simon Ndayiragije, Executive Secretary of Muganza sector, was upbeat.
â€œThis is solely the money from Muganzaâ€™s lay people and some of the private servants. No public servantsâ€™ money in there because they had already contributed to the fund following their different departmentsâ€, Ndayiragije explained.
â€œI was astounded to see how even school children could come forward and support the fund with their contribution. This shows that more and more people are getting grounded in our countryâ€™s [Rwanda] home-grown solutionsâ€™ modelâ€, he added.
FidÃ¨le Michel Nkundabera, 39, echoes the same view.
â€œWestern powersâ€™ aid should come as a supplement to our home-grown efforts to solve our own problems. Never should their aid be something to entirely rely on . After all, that aid money indirectly goes back to the West through a number of so-called Western experts that come with itâ€, said Nkundabera, whose 30 member-business cooperative donated Rwf 1,500,000 to AgDF.
Muganza residentsâ€™ contributions to AgDF come after a similar move in Ruheru sector, still in Nyaruguru district, where a total of Rwf 13,528,000 (about 23,000$) was pledged last Friday.
The money in AgDF is kept in the coffers of the countryâ€™s Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning which normally deals with budgeting.
Rwandaâ€™s President Paul Kagame officially launched AgDF on August 23 in a bid to curtail the countryâ€™s reliance on foreign aid, among others.