Scores arrested violating Coronavirus prevention guidelines

On 8 June 2020 at 07:15

At least seven people have been arrested for breaching the government directives on preventing the spread of novel Coronavirus.

Six of those arrested were found in a betting house in Nyabugogo, white the other is a taxi-moto operator, identified as Claude Tuyishime, who was using water as alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Those found in the betting house include an employee, Fabrice Ndayishimiye, who was facilitating customers in the lottery.

Rwanda National Police spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera warned against behaviours and actions that expose people to the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 and hampering the government efforts against the pandemic.

"It is the first time that we have arrested people in betting services, but our wish is that no one should be arrested because the directives are clear and should be respected," said CP Kabera.

He added: "Commercial motorcyclists were compliant on the first day but the following days, some of them started to violate the guidelines and a number of them have been arrested in these violations."

Tuyishime had poured water in a hand sanitizer container to make it look like alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

"We have stood up against risky and prohibited behaviors by motorcyclists. We are aware some of them share their fabrics with their passengers while others have no sanitizers or use water poured in sanitizer containers. Both the motorcyclist and passenger will be arrested if found in such serious violations," CP Kabera said.

He observed that taxi-moto operators were enlightened enough on the directives and what is required of them to be safe against the virus and to protect their clients.
Among the guidelines issued by Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA), taxi-moto operators and passengers must to carry hand sanitizers.

Motorcyclists are required to sanitize the helmets and ensure passengers sanitize their hands before boarding.

Both the motorcyclists as well as passengers have to wear their face masks and taxi-motor operators have to obey one-meter distance while in parking. Motorcyclists are also required to use cashless payment of fares.