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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:29/04/2020

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  • IPGL
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Since March 21, Rwanda has been in total lockdown as government attempts to control spread of the COVID-19 virus.

There are some companies and institutions that have already closed and others have suspended their employees temporarily or cut their salaries significantly.

Currently they  bosses say that they are no longer able to pay their employees monthly following the period of lockdown due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 which is becoming longer and hope of its immediate end. For this, they no longer find it appropriate to keep some of their staff
The talk show “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” (Club de Presse) broadcasted on 26th April 2020 in synergy by ten radios from all regions of the country and a Television (TV Isango star), focused on “Situation of employees amid COVID-19 crisis”

Invitees :

Studio

1.    Dr BIHIRA Canisius/Economist

2.    SEKANYANGE Léonard/CLADHO (civil society)

Phone call

3.    MUNYENTWALI Maurice/Lawyer

Key questions:

What does the labor law says? What are the effects on the socio-economic life of workers, employers and the state?

By phone call UMUHIRE Valentin, a journalist living in Musanze district  said that by his observation in this situation of COVID-19, some employees are severely sad because of the surprise they got from their employers telling them that they are suspended from work , all through a panic of lockdown.

SEKANYANGE Léonard / CLADHO made it clear that there had been challenges caused by the lockdown, some employers dismissed their employees without even having a conversation between employer and employee. Normally an employer can have a friendly dialogue with his employee by confiding to him that after confinement he will be together in work, therefore according to CLADHO, the best solution is to make conversation between employee and employer.

The lawyer MUNYENTWALI Maurice, who thanked the talk show organizers for the choice of such important topic, said that the labor law is clear that before suspending an employee, the employer must make another contract that clearly shows how an employee will survive out of work; he also advised the system of dialogues between employer and employee.

The economist Dr Bihira Canisius argued that many of private companies and institutions haven’t even paid the salaries for previous months. He said that employers should take care of their suspended staff in this period of lockdown.

The audience, especially suspended workers intervened in the talk show through phone call and messages saying that the very sad thing is that most of private companies’ employees work without contracts and this will be a big challenge to claim their rights.

They said it would be better if the government has a public fund to support citizens who lost their jobs. 

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