March 17, 2020

Burundian Students Actually Refused to Return Home, Were Not Blocked

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Government in Rwanda now says Burundi did not block its nationals studying in Rwanda, instead it is the students who refused to go home.

Claudette Irere, Minister of State for ICT and TVET in the Ministry of Education says when schools were closed in Rwanda on Sunday, some Burundian students studying in border area returned home.

However, 11 of them refused to go home after hearing information that they would be taken to quarantine for 14 days.

Burundi closed its border with Rwanda, and anyone crossing over, is immediately ferried to a site in Ngozi province where they are required to stay for the two mandatory weeks. At least 300 people have since been taken there by officials waiting at border.

“We cannot force the students go back against their will. It is their choice and we are respecting that,” said Irere to local media.

“Right now there are 11 students, and anyone who wishes not to leave our country, should feel very welcome.”

The education ministry here announced on Monday that it will house the Burundian students at two schools.

As of Tuesday, the country now has 7 confirmed COVID-19 cases. However, government is not revealing the number of suspects being monitored.

ERRATA: Claudette Irere, is the Minister of State for ICT and TVET in the Ministry of Education, NOT as reported earlier. We regret the error. EDITOR

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