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COVID-19: 30 caught holding prohibited meeting in Gasabo

By IGIHE
On 9 May 2021 at 07:34

Rwanda National Police (RNP) and local leaders, on Saturday, May 8, arrested 30 people after they were found gathered in a house in Nduba Sector of Gasabo District for a wedding preparation meeting.

The house located in Nyabitare Village, Gasanze Cell in Nduba Sector belong to one Jean Claude Rudasingwa, 37, the groom, who had invited friends and neighbours to plan for his wedding scheduled for May 15.

Physical meetings are only allowed without exceeding 30% of venue capacity and COVID-19 testing is required for meetings of more than 20 people.

RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera, said the violators were found overcrowded in the sitting room at about 11am, following a tip-off from "responsible local residents."

The host Rudasingwa admitted that he had invited them to help him in preparations for his wedding.

"These are my friends and neighbors, who came to help me with ideas and other things to organize and plan for my wedding. Police found us in the house and for that I apologize for disregarding the government directives," said Rudasingwa.

CP Kabera said that members of the public have been positive to the safety guidelines and responsive against errant violators.

"We laud the role of the public in fighting and reporting such violations. We have been arresting and parading people caught in prohibited social gatherings, and this should be sending the warning message to anyone planning to hold such gatherings, which can lead to the spread of Covid-19 and derail national efforts against the pandemic," CP Kabera warned.

The absence of Police or local leaders in the area, he said, should not be seen as chance to flout the safety directives adding that members of the public also act as force multiplier, eyes and ears of the law and regulations.

The violators were taken to Kigali Independent University (ULK) stadium where they were educated on the government measures to prevent Covid-19 and handed administrative fines by local authorities.


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