Hard Times: Violation of coronavirus guidelines will attract imprisonment

By IGIHE
On 24 March 2020 at 08:24

Rwanda National Police has warned that individuals that violate government guidelines and orders meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus, will face punitive actions including imprisonment.

The warning follows orders issued by the Government through the Prime Minister’s Office two days ago, where all residents were ordered to stay home, close shops, avoid unnecessary movements among others, save for individuals and companies involved in vending foods, pharmaceuticals, and other commodities deemed essential in the fight against coronavirus.

On Monday, in various parts of the country, people were stopped from making unnecessary journeys.

Rwanda National Police spokesperson CP John Kabera said it was clear that some people did not respect guidelines issued to fight the epidemic, saying that a person who cannot protect his or her life and of others becomes a problem and should be kept away from the society.

He said there were emergency services approved under the regulations such as shopping, getting medical care, buying pharmaceutical items, among others, but there are people who just wander without due respect to the social distance guidelines.

“We have put in place a monitoring system; when it is discovered that you are touting lies, saying you are going to see a doctor when you are not, you will be arrested and imprisoned, and fined.”

RNP has warned that individuals that violate government guidelines and orders meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus, will face punitive actions including imprisonment.

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