March 24, 2020

COVID-19 lockdown: ‘Stay at Home OR You Will Go to Jail’

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The following is a statement issued by Police on Monday on the ongoing lockdown ordered by Government in attempt to control spread of the COVID-19 virus. As of Monday evening, number of cases had risen from 19 on Sunday, to 36.


Rwanda National Police (RNP) reminds the general public to adhere to the government directives issued as part of the measures adapted to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that the force is working with all relevant institutions to ensure that these measures are implemented and respected.

Under the directives issued by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Edouard Ngirente, all unnecessary journeys and movements out of homes, and travel between different cities and districts of the country, is not permitted.

All borders and bars are closed. Shops and markets are also closed, except those selling food, medicine (pharmacies), hygiene and cleaning products, fuel and other essential items.

Motorcycles are not permitted to carry passengers. The orders will last for two weeks, but could be extended depending on the situation.

“We urge the public to comply with these instructions, which were adapted to protect and save lives from this pandemic. Remember, protecting yourself and others is your responsibility,” CP Kabera said.

He added: “Police officers across the country are working with other security organs, local authorities and other relevant institutions to ensure that no one violates all the issued directives, including traders who inflate prices, worship and prayer activities including in homes and caves.”

CP Kabera called for continued cooperation and information sharing on people, who violate these safety orders.

“Violating these directives designed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus is punishable by law,” he warned.

CP Kabera further disclosed that in accordance with these government instructions, all RNP services related to driver’s license and motor-vehicle inspection were also suspended for two weeks.

For more information related to the suspended traffic services, the public is urged to call the following contacts:

Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety: 0788311110

Commanding Officer MIC: 0788311512

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