City of Kigali a gateway to Rwanda
Rwanda was once the ‘Land of Eternal Spring’ and its capital Kigali still fits the bill. Sprawled over ridges, hills and valleys, it is a small, attractive city offering superb views over the intensively cultivated and terraced countryside beyond. It was quite badly trashed during the civil war in 1994, but following a long rehabilitation, one gets the sense that Kigali is a city looking ahead to the future, not back to the past.
There aren’t many sights in the city, but the Kigali Memorial Centre, documenting the Rwandan genocide, is a must for all visitors to Rwanda. The city has a reasonable range of hotels and restaurants, and while nightlife is not quite as pumping as it is in Kampala (Uganda or Nairobi (Kenya, it is worth a whiff at the weekend.
Rwanda’s geographical heart, the rapidly growing City of Kigali is not only the national capital, but also the country’s most important business centre and main port of entry.
City of Kigali, which started in 1907 as a small colonial outpost with little link to the outside world, is now 100 years old. Today, City of Kigali has come of age-as the capital of Rwanda and made phenomenal strides. It is a city that has not just survived, but has prevailed and has grown into a modern metropolis- a heart of the emerging Rwandan economy and a pride of every Rwandan.
Among the safest and friendliest of African capitals, City of Kigali is blessed with a moderate high altitude climate that belies its tropical location, and is conveniently located within three hours’ drive of the main tourist sites. The Rwandan capital provides both a comfortable and welcoming introduction to this land of a thousand hills and an ideal springboard from which to explore this magical country. City of Kigali is made up of three districts namely Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge. It is presently inhabited by approximately 1 million inhabitants. Kigali is 70% rural with a population which is relatively young- the youth make up about 60% and women make slightly more the 50%.
Vision Statement Our vision is to make City of Kigali a safer, cleaner, and more competitive, modern city with expanding opportunity for sustainable development of its citizens and the country at large Our identity is “Better Service Delivery” Mission Statement The City of Kigali Council shall achieve this vision by being:
A modern city proving quality
Be warm and hospitable to residents and visitors
An engine of national economic growth
Uphold the good image of the country and enhance regional and international cooperation
The administrative Structures of City of Kigali
The Council of the City of Kigali,
The Executive Committee of the City of Kigali,
The Security Committee of the City of Kigali,
The Executive Secretariat of the City of Kigali
Roles and responsibilities of the city of Kigali
Coordinating the activities of strategic plan
Coordinating development activities of the district
Follow-up of the implementation of the national policy in the districts
Ensuring the security of the people and their
Providing services which are delivered at administrative structures in the city of Kigali.
City of Kigali is opening and supports working with all spheres of our population. We value the contribution and role of the private sector in development. We fully cooperate with the civil society and consider its role as paramount in transforming our society.