Hard Times: 315 penalized, 18 incarcerated for violating coronavirus preventive guidelines

On 25 March 2020 at 06:39

Currently, in the Southern Province of Rwanda, 315 individuals have received penalties while 18 were imprisoned for failing to abide by health institutions’ guidance to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Gasana Emmanuel, South Province Governor confirmed the information in an interview with Radio Huye on Tuesday, March 25th, 2020. He called upon citizens to cooperate in order to be successful in eradicating coronavirus pandemic.

Gasana said that since preventive measures were implemented, some individuals took them lightly and that some received penalties while others were incarcerated. "We have taken drastic measures to reiterate how severe the virus is. 315 people received penalties while 18 are in jail."

Speaking to IGIHE, Gasana said some of them were arrested for insubordination towards law enforcement orders and local government authorities. Others were caught strolling around in bars despite clear orders not to leave their homes while the rest opened shops with no respect to established health guidelines.

He advised citizens to stay in their homes, practice social distancing and regularly wash hands to prevent coronavirus and to respect health guidelines as it is in our best interest.

Local authorities are advised to work hand in hand with security authorities to reinforce established preventive measures.

Two days ago, new preventive measures were put in place including closing all unnecessary businesses and imposing a 2-week renewable mandatory quarantine.
On Tuesday, March 25th, 2020, Rwanda National Police (RNP) reminded Rwandans that all who will fail to respect established health guidelines will receive severe penalties.

Gasana Emmanuel, South Province Governor called upon citizens to cooperate in order to be successful in eradicating coronavirus pandemic.