Violators of the guidelines and orders are facing different punitive actions including fines, imprisonment, and a stern warning.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry [MINICOM], has carried out an inspection in the City of Kigali, Southern and Northern provinces to establish whether traders do comply with price ceilings and buy-rations set for especially food commodities.
The ministry has found that there has been an unprecedented rise in prices for all foodstuffs, hygiene products followed by the use of substandard weighing scales.
Inspectors from the Ministry have also established that there was much hoarding [storing of goods in anticipation of higher prices] of merchandise in different stores across the country. Other inconsistencies that have been identified include traders issuing invoices with a lower value in comparison to the actual cash received.
City of Kigali, Muhanga and Musanze traders that have breached commercial and standards guidelines have, between March 20 and March 25, been slapped with fines totaling to well over Rwf4 million.
During the six-day inspection,109 businesses were found culpable to flouting issued coronavirus-preventive guidelines. Coronavirus causes COVID-19.
Since Minicom began this audit, it has so far fined 153 businesses and traders and collected Rwf 8,745,000 in fines.