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City of Kigali a gateway to Rwanda

Located at 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.

The City of Kigali is divided into three (3) Districts comprising Sectors (35), Cells (161), and Cells are sub divided into Imidugudu literally villages (1061).

It is presently inhabited by approximately 1 million inhabitants. Kigali is 70% urban with a significant part that is rural. Our population is relatively young with the youth making up about 60%, with women making slightly more the 50%.


Caplaki shopping market

The old street market of crafts along Ave de l'Armée next to the Milles Collines has been moved to a new home funded by the French called Caplaki. Sellers are now organised in fixed stalls and popular items include a range of carvings and masks from across the border in DR Congo. Prices start high, as they are, of course, 'antiques' but as most are modern replicas, bargain down to something sensible.

Buy art in Rwanda Caplaki Market in Kigali Rwanda


Contact City of Kigali:

Kigali City Council

P.O. Box 3527 Kigali

Tel: (+250) 57 22 55
57 69 67
Fax: (+250) 57 36 84
Hotline: 3260

E-mail: info@kigalicity.gov.rw
Official Website: www.kigalicity.gov.rw


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