With Bobet, we organized a BBQ dinner at home yesterday. We did it mainly for the cook, maid and the 2 watchmen working for us, 2 colleagues were invited. Possibly due to the communication barricade, or could be too shy, they kept silence most of the time.
Many parties were held in this guesthouse in the past, but it was the first time SAG staffs, us, organized a dinner for them. They said they had never before been invited to dine on the same table. I heard “Thank you” repeatedly. I could sense their gladness.
They are simple people, nice to us, they deserved a little respect. (After all, they were the ones prepared all the meals, and cleaning… we gave only instructions…)
We were shocked to learn that someone broke into our new guesthouse at night and stole the new Samsung flat screen TV and the decoder. No one was alarmed, nor did the watchman. I wondered if he was asleep all night long? Police report was lodged, I doubt the investigation would bring any result. Speculation immediately pointed to the watchman.
I had been told several times that the criminal rate in Rwanda was very very low, and the city was absolutely safe. But, explain to me, if this statement is true, why armed security is seen around the city even our office building?
I don’t know if we had bad luck, for sure we have to keep higher alert to our safety and security from now on.
We made a site visit on Sunday. 2/3 of the roads were unpaved, and the last 1/3 was particularly not so comfortable, lots of turns in this hilly terrain. We passed through small villages occasionally, exciting kids were yelling and waving. Like to see the big white teeth glimmering on their bright smiling faces. People are poor but they keep themselves tidy. We stopped by at one small village for lunch, a skewer cost EUR 0.30 each, compared to EUR 1.20 charged in Kigali’s restaurant. The overall environment was peaceful, no hassle…