KPA staff joins President Kagame in wetland park umuganda

Dressed in their trademark dark and light shirts, the KPA staff joined residents of the Nyandungu wetland area to do last month's Umuganda.

As President Kagame sought to emphasize the importance of team work when it comes to the country’s development, staff of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) joined him and residents of Kicukiro and Gasabo districts in Kigali for the umuganda of May.

The exercise focused on preparing the ground for the future Nyandungu Urban Wetland Ecotourism Park. The KPA employees and other members of the Kenyan community living and working in Rwanda, led by KPA’s Country Manager Cynthia Kamau, joined in the activities that included digging soil and transporting it to places in the soon to be established gardens in the park, and removing weeds from the area.

President Kagame thanked the participants and encouraged young people to embrace it. “We should not let the strength of our young men and women go to waste,” he said.

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KPA's Country Manager Cynthia Kamau (C) digs at the eco-tourism site during the Umuganda.

Financed by the government’s Green Fund (FONERWA) with Rwf 2.4 billion, the Nyandungu Urban Wetland Ecotourism Park seeks to increase biodiversity, reduce flood risk, raise awareness on wetland conservation, create green jobs, and promote tourism. Located in a wetland in the sectors of Nyarugunga in Kicukiro District and Ndera of Gasabo District along the special economic zone, the park will have a network of paths, roads, boardwalks and bridges in marshy areas, nature viewing areas and picnic areas.

According to projections, it should generate over Rwf 1bn in profit in the first 12 years of operation, or some Rwf 83m every year.

 

Read this article and more in issue n° 76 of Hope Magazine.

  • By Hope Magazine
  • Posted 18th July 2017

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