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Rwandans Turn Up For Umuganda Ahead Of Planting Season

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Rwandans across all the 30 districts woke up on this last Saturday of September to engage in mandatory community work popularly known as Umuganda.

Members of each village or cell gather at specified zones with tools including; hoes, slashers, hoes, rakes and spades among others to clean up dirt, shrubs, build and also collectively fix various parts of the community.

On this day of the month, leaders join residents at various assembly points. It is common sight as leaders grab hoes to dig through trenches, terraces and carry rocks to a construction site of a new school block.

All these Umuganda activities are costed every year and their total value is published in various annual reports. Usually the value is in billions and it is every Rwandans pride in contributing to nation building.

According to the Ministry of Local Government, Umuganda activities are currently worth over Rwf20 billion in annual savings.

Activities of Umuganda help in solving economic problems through helping vulnerable members of the community and building public infrastructure in many areas, among others.

Umuganda is a practice that takes root from Rwandan culture of self-help and cooperation, in traditional Rwandan culture, members of the community would call upon their family, friends and neighbours to help them complete a difficult task.

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