The Kigali City authorities have launched an exercise to identify plots of land within city suburbs

The city authorities are warning that the law will take its course for those who will be found at fault.

The 2013 Law Governing Land Use in Rwanda provides for the confiscation of land within the city, if the land spends three consecutive years unexploited.

Once confiscated, the property is sold to competent developers through an auction, and the proceeds are given to the owner of the property.

According to Marie-Solange Muhirwa, Chief Urban Planner of the city, an inspection done in 2020, over 690 plots in urban dwellings were found unexploited.

She noted that “they interacted with owners and advised them to start developing the plots” sh. For those who did not develop the plots, the law is going to be applied.

Solange warned that, a fresh exercise to identify all the undeveloped plots. Is now underway.

In a press conference this week, the Mayor of Kigali city Pudence Rubingisa, said undeveloped plots of land and stalled construction projects affect the city’s development plans.

The mayor said, there is a possibility that some of the owners are being ‘speculative’ whereby they buy land without real intentions of developing it, but rather target to resell it at a better price after some time.

“You find that a particular piece of land does not get developed but rather keeps changing hands from one person to another. With this, we are not attaining the development we want,” he noted.

Development of city plots promotes investments, and improves the security in the neighbourhoods.

This is because abandoned pieces of property like uncompleted buildings or bushy plots of land can be used as hideouts for people who want to do criminal activities.

Some of the failed projects that the city authorities will be dealing with soon is Kigarama market in Kicukiro and Amarembo City Centre, a commercial area that was proposed to be built in the CBD five years ago but has failed to materialise.

Apart from repossessing and auctioning properties, the city administration uses some alternative measures including connecting the owners to prospective buyers that are ready to purchase and immediately carry on the development.