Church members arrested for holding services in Rwanda

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Some church goers numbering 29  from different Christain groups, were  arrested in Rwanda’s Musanze District for breaching the directive on public gathering.

Rwanda has since been on lock down, with ban on all  religious activities and restrictions in congregating at inappropriate areas to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The Minister for Local Government, Prof. Anastase Shyaka issued new directives recently that reads that “It is forbidden to take praying activities to inappropriate places such as in prayer rooms, congregating in homes or in caves.”

The district police spokesperson Alexis Rugigana said  police worked on a tip off  by residents in the area leading to a major crack down on those involved.

“As the ministries of health and local government instructed people should avoid social distancing; praying in churches, in prayers’ rooms and other areas like caves is banned as long as coronavirus is still in the country,” he said.

Rwanda’s government has already imposed new measures that are meant to stop the spread of Convid-1 as the number of infected persons continues to soar.

At least 17 cases are already on record and there are concerns the spread could get worst.

Rwanda’s prime minister issued a statement on Saturday detailing some of the new measures taken to restrict movements.

It said “Unnecessary movements and visits outside the home are not permitted excerpt for essential services such as health care, shopping or banking and for personnel performing such services.

“Borders are closed excerpt for goods and cargos as well as returning Rwandan Citizens and legal residents.”

Travels also within cities in Rwandan have also been banned excerpt for essential services. Shops and markets have also been closed.

The statement said these restrictions are for the next two weeks.

“Observing the global trend of the COVID-19 & considering the experiences of other countries, there is a clear need for additional steps to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread further in Rwanda.

The following measures will be in force beginning at 23:59 on 21/03/2020 for 2 weeks,” the statement said.

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