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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:12/05/2020

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From May 4, the Rwandan government allowed a partial lockdown but with conditions that: The public should observe strict measures such as mandatory face masks, regular hand washing, as well as appropriate physical distancing.

However, public and private transport between different provinces and the capital Kigali is restricted, and a night curfew is in place from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. local time (1800-0300GMT).

Borders also remain closed except for cargo and returning Rwandans who will be subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine.

 “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” (Club de la Presse) broadcasted this Sunday 10th May in synergy by ten radios from all regions of the country and a Television (TV Isango star) focused on “One Week after lifting Covid-19 lockdown: challenges and solutions”

Invitees: 

1. Prof. SHAYAKA Anastase / Minister of Local Government

2. Tonty Kuramba/ in Charge of transport at RURA

Phone call

3.  CP John Bosco Kabera/ Spokesperson of Rwanda National Police

Prof. SHAYAKA Anastase / Minister of Local Government, appreciated the way the Rwandan citizens as well as all the staff who are fighting against the spread of covid-19 for the fairly good improvement.

However some challenges are still hindering the smooth implementation of measures.   He said that majority of the population understands and adheres to the measures set forth by the government to allow the reopening of parts of the economy on May 4, but for others, there is still a long way to go.

Prof Shyaka Anastase revealed that the first days of reopening presented a big challenge as social distancing and safety measures were not adhered to but there has been an improvement as times goes on.

“What we observed is that some people did not wear the mask as required while social distancing was a huge challenge. Regarding hand washing, it remains hard to know how often people wash their hands but at least we can see the facilities are there as well as hand sanitizers.

He said violations were registered where people sought to beat existing measures in line with restricting movement from one province to another, by taking advantage of the right to move within one’s province to attempt to cross to another province.

“We have recorded cases where for example people move from the Northern Province district of Musanze and come up to Shyoringi, or from Gicumbi to Nyacyonga and others who come from Rwamgana to Nyagasambu, since travel within the province is allowed, and from here they want to find ways to get in the City of Kigali; that’s why RURA decided to push back the bus stops from provinces.”

The in charge of Transport at RURA said that the challenge was the diminution of passengers’ number that a bus used to carry. He said RURA will work with transport agencies to solve the issue of passengers at bus stops where it is hard for passengers to get one.

Via the phone call, the police spokesperson CP John Bosco KABERA  said that the first days of reopening was difficult,  police got many people, between 100 and 200 daily, and asked them to go back where they came from,” Kabera said, adding that Police has had to work tirelessly to deal with the many cases of similar violations.

The audience participated in the talk show and addressed some challenges

-Some of residents of districts at borders are still illegally crossing the border to neighboring countries (especially Uganda and Tanzania)

-The face mask is expensive for ordinary citizens

-Saloons that use a single towel to all clients

The invitees said that they are going to investigate about the issues and each concerned institution will take action.

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