Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) has used teargas to disperse inmates in Gasabo Prison who had gone on a riot, throwing stones to passersby in the road and houses nearby the prison.
The riots in which inmates clamor for materials including beddings started this morning following Friday incident when the prison caught fire, called for the intervention of police, military and prison warders to calm the situation.
Some window panes have been destroyed forcing the community around to suspend activities.
The media was kept away from talking to the rioters. The RCS spokesperson CIP Hillary Sengabo explained that; “demonstrators were not many. We managed to calm the situation applying teargas but it didn’t bring harm on their bodies. No bullet has been used during protests,” he said.
He explained that inmates have been addressed by City of Kigali city leadership.
“We have dispersed the demonstrations in one hour where after inmates met leaders to discuss their problem. We have realized that masterminds of the protests were about 50. We gave them basic materials after Friday incident of fire like tents, blankets, clothes, soap and plates,” he said.
“Those affected by Friday fire exceed 2000. It is a large number compared to protesters. It is not only the matter of materials but also immoral behavior,” he added.
The Minister of Justice,JohnstonBusingye has blamed protests saying their problem should have been expressed clearly other than throwing stones.
The mayor of Gasabo district, Rwamurangwa Stephen, has said that they plan to hold discussions with neighboring affected residents, comfort them and seek how to compensate them for the damaged property.
Gasabo prison accommodates 5440 inmates.
- Gasabo prison inmates have gone on a riot, throwing stones to passersby in the road and houses nearby the prison.
- The RCS spokesperson CIP Hillary Sengabo