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Water Agency to Enforce Accountability Measures

Only 52 of Rwandans have access to clean waterOnly 52% of Rwandans have access to clean waterThe Water and Sanitation Corporation Ltd (WASAC) has developed a billing system that will be integrated with the management information system in use. The new measure, officials hope, will help curb financial and administrative shortcomings and ensure accountability at the utility regulator.

Wasac chief executive James Sano said the development will help avoid shortcomings and cases of mismanagement that were highlighted in the 2012/13 Auditor-General’s report that faulted the defunct Energy Sanitation and Water Authority (EWSA) for various financial impropriety issues.

Sano was speaking at a media conference in Kigali recently. In his 2013/2014 report tabled before Parliament in May, Auditor-General Obadiah Biraro gave the now defunct EWSA a ‘disclaimer opinion’ because of gross mismanagement as discovered during the auditing exercise. EWSA was in July split under the Prime Minister’s orders - which also outlined modalities of transfer of responsibilities and property of the public institution to corporations.

The two corporations that emerged from the split are Rwanda Energy Group, which owns Energy Development Company Ltd and Energy Utility Company Ltd that manage energy production and energy maintenance, respectively, and (WASAC), which is mandated to manage water and sanitation resources.

Sano said the corporation would also pursue accountability by values they were establishing amongst their staff such as professionalism and integrity.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2