He said that the country has developed vehicle import strategy,
apply strict import regulations and has banned small seater-capacity
Duhuze noted that Rwanda is developing new transport
policy that is being informed by the ongoing feasibility study
on green mobility.
"The Kigali Motor Vehicle Inspection Center and its satellite
centers are equipped with emissions inspection equipment while
the national police have also been given hand-held inspection
gadgets," he added.
The official noted that sulphur that is caused by vehicular
emissions is of concern in Rwanda since it is the major
pollutant. He said that in a study that was done in 2011 and
2018, sulphur leads, followed by Nitrogen oxides, particulate
matter (PM10) and carbon monoxide.
Duhuze revealed that a standard imposing low sulphur fuel
(less than 50 ppm) that was adopted by the EAC is already in
force in Rwanda.
He attributed the state of pollution to failure to have
motorcycles undergo inspection and the increasing traffic jam in
According to UN Environment, stringent emission standards are
needed to reduce pollution by over 85 percent.
The UN environmental agency urges countries to avoid
transport where necessary, shift to cleaner modes of transport
and improve transport modes like cleaner cars and buses.
construction of affordable
housing units for average income earners
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwanda on Monday launched the construction of
2,000 affordable housing units for average income earners, as
part of the government’s efforts to address affordable housing
"crisis" in urban areas in the country.
Access to affordable housing in urban areas of Rwanda most
especially in the capital Kigali is quite challenging for low
income earners, said Rwandan minister of infrastructure Claver
Gatete at the launch of 2,000 affordable housing units in
Nyamirambo sector, Nyarugenge district in Kigali.
"With the construction of these affordable housing units, we
expect average income earners in Kigali to easily find an
affordable and decent accommodation at an affordable price,"
Gatete also said that the housing units will be constructed
with environmentally friendly building materials, which will be
The targeted home owners are those within the income bracket
of between 220 U.S. dollars per month and 771 U.S. dollars per
month, according to developers.
The units will sit on a 30-hectare piece of land between
Nyamirambo and Rebero sector in Kigali and the entire project
will cost over 50 million U.S. dollars and will easily
accommodate about 10,000 residents, according to them.
According to last year’s Housing Market study conducted by
research institute International Growth Center in Kigali, about
700,00 new housing units are needed by 2028, where 70 percent of
them lay in affordable housing category.