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24 arrested for holding bridal shower

By IGIHE
On 13 July 2021 at 06:01

Twenty-four people were arrested Sunday, July 11, in Kabudundu Village, Kivugiza Cell, Muko Sector in Musanze District where they were holding a bridal shower.

The violators had gathered at the home of one Epiphanie Nyiramafaranga, 52, for the bridal shower of her daughter, contrary to the government directives against COVID-19 spread.

They had come from Muko, Rwaza, and Muhoza sectors. Some of the violators claimed they were ignorant about some of the directives.

Nyiramafaranga also argued that she had invited very few people and never expected a big turn-up.

"All these are my friends, although I had invited only few, but when others got to know about it they all came to support my daughter and it became hard for me to turn them back," Nyiramafaranga argued.

Musanze District Police Commander (DPC), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jean Pierre Kanobayire said the violator were found at Nyiramafaranga’s home at about 4pm, following a tip-off from a local resident.

"Police was informed by the resident about the prohibited gathering at Nyiramafaranga’s home. When Police arrived there, they found 24 women overcrowded in the living room fundraising for her daughter’s wedding scheduled for next month," said SSP Kanobayire.

He warned that as directed by the Cabinet, parties in all settings are prohibited.
"You can imagine 24 people from different places converging in a small room, no social distancing nor face masks and the ventilation system is not adequate. If either of them was infected with Covid-19, it is likely that everyone there was infected," said the DPC.

He warned against such reckless and inappropriate behavours, and called upon the public to continue sharing information on all violations, including those holding prohibited social gatherings such as parties.


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