Rwanda: Covid-19 – Over 100 Arrested in Bars Drinking in Bugesera

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested 113 people in Nyamata Sector, Bugesera District after they were found in different bars drinking.

They were arrested on Saturday, February 6, in five hospitality establishments, including bars and motels.

Those arrested include nine people from Kigali, who had secured movement clearance apparently to go for varied essential services.

Also arrested during the Saturday afternoon operations are owners and managers of the hospitality facilities in question, who were found at the scene.

Some bars were operating behind closed doors.

Bars, including those operating in hotels and other hospitality establishments, are closed as part of the national measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Innocent Karemera, the proprietor of Gahembe bar commonly known as Ku Gahembe is among those arrested.

“I have no much to say except regrets for operating a business which I very well know that we are supposed to be closed as directed by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19. I have learnt my lesson,” said Karemera.

From his bar, Police and local authorities found 35 people drinking, including five who had joined the group from Kigali.

The mayor of Bugesera, Richard Mutabazi warned owners of prohibited businesses against flouting the government measures meant to prevent further spread of the pandemic.

“This is exposing people to the virus intentionally and no one should see such serious violations and keep quiet,” Mutabazi said.