The Ministry of Local Government, on Thursday, issued new directives in line with preventing the spread of Coronavirus.
Under the new directives, the following villages in Kigali were put under lockdown for at least 15 days:
Kamabuye and Zuba villages of Nyarurama cell as well as Nyenyeri village in Bwerankori cell; all in Kigarama Sector in Kicukiro District;
Rugano village in Kanunga cell of Gikondo Sector in Kicukiro District; as well as the villages of Kadobogo and Gisenga in Kigali cell, Kigali Sector in Nyarugenge District.
Movements in these affected villages are only restricted to emergency services with civil servants and those working in private institutions residing in these areas directed to work from their respective homes.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera advised people living in these villages to be compliant for their safety and that of others.
"There is a reason as to why these specific villages were put under lockdown, which is to ensure their safety from catching or spreading COVID-19 to their families, neighbours, the community or even to other neighbouring villages and sectors," said CP Kabera.
"Your home is your safety and no one should force you to ensure your safety, be the first respondent to you safety.
Avoid unnecessary movements because you will be arrested and penalized accordingly; go straight back home after acquiring the essential or emergency services; visits are not allowed, practice social distancing and wear facemask whenever you go out of your home for essential services; wash or sanitize your hands regularly."
The spokesperson further urged people neighbouring the villages placed under lockdown, to refrain from going to these villages to avoid catching and spreading the virus to other places.
Police officers, he said, have been deployed in these villages to ensure compliance.