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Umuganda: Community service brought to Uganda by Rwanda

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa Correspondent  Jun 26, 2016

The Kampala suburb of Nakawa was the place where RwandAir, in conjunction with the Kampala Capital City Authority, launched their unique community service program from back home, called "Umuganda."

In Rwanda, every last Saturday of the month, all citizens participate for half a day to clean up neighborhoods, create recreational parks, and engage in other community-based activities, normally led by the Head of State and his family, President Paul Kagame.

This unique approach to have local communities and people take responsibility for their own neighborhood has been a success story over the years, and RwandAir in Uganda - Ms. Ada Magezi is the country manager based in the airline's office at Rwenzori Court - has now taken the lead and brought the concept back to Uganda.

Soon after the liberation war and into the early 1990s, Uganda also had such measures in place, where local RCs, short for "Resistance Council," now called Local Council 1, engaged in similar measures before a liberalized economy and the loss of discipline across much of society saw the scheme falter and disappear.

RwandAir serves Ugandans under fifth freedom rights out of Entebbe with flights to Juba, double daily flights to Nairobi, and several connections a day between Kigali and Entebbe with flights, depending on aircraft type uses, lasting between 35 and 45 minutes. From Kigali, the airline connects passengers to 5 destinations in West Africa, two in Southern Africa, the rest of East Africa and Dubai. From September onwards, RwandAir will then add intercontinental flights when the first of two Airbus A330 aircraft join the fleet.

Umuganda: Community service brought to Uganda by Rwanda

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