” When it comes to leadership, he believes in teamwork as an agent of quick service delivery. “
Rulindo district is located in the Northern Province and is inhabited by 271,000 residents. It is found in 17 sectors. Historically this is the place where the Bunyoro Kitara kingdom was defeated. Geographically it is very mountainous and hosts several economic activities.
In 2006 Justus Kangwajye was sworn in as the Mayor and was re-elected in 2010. During his first term in office he managed to build an outstanding team along with the district councilors.
He began his career as a secondary school teacher and thereafter as a tutorial assistant at UNILAK on research methodology. He also served as a judge in a Military Court before becoming a Provincial Executive Secretary.
A humble and very intelligent gentleman when it comes to leadership, he believes in teamwork as an agent of quick service delivery. He says he doesn’t like capitalizing on other people’s mistakes but instead he motivates them positively to get back on track. The Mayor admits that all has not been rosy in the past, because Rulindo faced several challenges namely transportation and service mobility.
What Justus finds more fulfilling about his job is the ability of getting results. Unlike other districts, the cost of establishing infrastructural activities in Rulindo is very high. In the past, Rulindo was rated among the poorest districts. But today the district has remarkably joined the 10th wealthiest districts.
The young mayor says that he usually starts his day around 6 am in the morning by jogging and this way he can also silently supervise the district activities. After work, he enjoys relaxing and attending to his family. Weekends are usually difficult for him as he has to attend many functions.
The mayor strongly believes that administration is all about following -up in an effort to harness the virtues of continuity. Basically delegating has been a lead factor in his techniques, as without that one should expect work overload and mediocrity.
The achievements recorded in Rulindo include the construction of roads and a school project of 103 classrooms. The Mayor says that health centers were built in Kisaro, Burega, Murambi and Cyungo making access to health care easy.
When asked about the performance contracts the young Mayor pointed out that in the mid 2011 review, the district had attained 85 percent but today it has registered 92 percent. Rulindo emerged on top after scoring 90 percent on the Imihigo. The district has attracted more investors walk in after the success story of Enterprise URWIBUSTO owned by Sina Gerard and a Canadian company known as STEVIA Rwanda. By early 2010 Rulindo district was awarded a gold trophy by RDB as the best business-friendly district.