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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:10/09/2020

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The cabinet meeting convened at Village Urugwiro, Wednesday, August 26 has prohibited public transport between the capital Kigali and other districts of the country.

Chaired by President Paul Kagame, the cabinet strengthened measures to prevent COVID-19 in several areas, where, among others, it was decided that the curfew hours should start earlier, from 7 PM to 5AM compared to 9 PM to 5 AM previously.

The cost of violating measures intended to fight COVID-19 is becoming higher and higher in Rwanda’s capital city-Kigali and across the country.

A nine page instructions of by the City Council including fines that to be paid by any violators has been released to discourage any bad practice

The fines range from Rwf 10,000 for not wearing a face mask and more, to Rwf 1 million over failure to respect guidelines at a construction site.

Across the country, the violators of covid-19 are sent to a designated place (like stadiums) to learn COVID-19 measures where they can spend up to 24 hours.

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru ”( Club de la  Presse) of this Sunday 06-09-2020 broadcasted in synergy by ten radio stations across the country and a Television (TV Isango star) focused on "Implementation of COVID- 19 guidelines respecting  Human Rights "

Invitees :

  1. Marc RAMBA/Analyst
  2. Emmanuel SAFARI/CLADHO civil society organisation
  3. Jean Baptiste KAREGEYA/Analyst

The invitees pointed out that many of the instructions given to the public to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic are illegal.

The invitee from civil society CLADHO, said that he is concerned about how the government would not take care of its people despite the conflict with COVID19, saying that covid-19 should not interfere with the general health of the people no matter how they are treated, how they are imprisoned and how they are fined, all this should be done and respected human rights

He added that in particular no research has been done on the curfew hours of 7 PM and other hours that have been set by government and finds the authorities to be responsible for the harassment.

Analysts: Ramba Mark and Karegeya Jean Baptiste have pointed out that there is a use of excessive force in apprehending   violators of guidelines where they are imposed fines that are incompatible with their abilities and that are not written in the Official Gazette.

They also pointed out the problem of the Police shooting on violators of Covid's directives and saying that people should differentiate between crime and wrongdoing but also that the penalties should be legally enforced not the police enforcing the penalties yet the public does not know the content.

The audience   participated via phone call and messages argued on the way the residents are being treated at the stadium, saying it could cause other problems, such as Covid-19 and other diseases infection, as the detainees have not been diagnosed before being taken to stadium. 

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