Individual responsiveness is a key to combating COVID-19- CP Kabera

On 10 August 2020 at 11:56

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has commended the high level of compliance and the impact of grassroots leaders and general public in supporting the force in enforcing the coronavirus prevention directives.

RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera said that these concerted and community policing efforts continue to play crucial roles and to supplement the Police and national efforts in combating the pandemic of novel Coronavirus in the country.

He observed that members of the public continue to become eyes and ears in their localities by reporting the few, who still breach the directives.

CP Kabera, however, noted that an assessment conducted observed violations in markets and business centres, bars, religious services, wedding, some restaurants and other illegal gatherings in homes.

He further warned those in services that are authorised to operate but hide behind them to breach the directives and other instructions, which they are supposed to follow for their safety and that of their clients.

"We are still faced with the same serious problem of COVID-19, there should be no room to be complacent and self-confidence... these are risky luxuries we can’t afford in this period," CP Kabera said.

He added: "Some actions and practices like home parties and visits, hospitality facilities that receive big number of people without considering the safety guidelines, those operating prohibited sports related businesses, movements beyond 9 pm and those who don’t wear facemask or wash hands; these are inappropriate behaviours that can fuel the spread of COVID-19 and hinder national efforts against the pandemic leading to loss of more lives."

He advised against the culture of being forced and always doing things only when under watch, adding that the directives are meant for the safety and wellbeing of everyone.

"Don’t respect the directives when you see the Police, that culture shouldn’t define Rwandans; we need a culture where compliance and responsiveness is an individual and general definition of our practices."

He noted that this is a fragile period when individual responsiveness to the directives is key to winning the fight against the pandemic.

The spokesperson observed that it’s the duty of every resident of Rwanda to play a part in the fight against COVID-19 especially by respecting the directives such as proper wearing of facemask, washing hands with clean water and soap regularly or sanitizing hands; observing at least one-metre physical distance between two people; avoiding home visits, parties and unnecessary movements; doing away with the culture of shaking hands and hugging, and being at home by 9 PM.

RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera said that the community policing efforts continue to play crucial roles in combating the pandemic of novel Coronavirus